Dental Hygienist in California

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Schools Offering Dental Hygiene Programs in California

Approximately 0.1% of graduates in of California receive dental hygiene degrees every year. That means an estimated 594 dental hygienists graduate from California's 27 dental hygienist schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Southern California, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a dental hygienist program. It is located in Los Angeles. 37 students graduated with a degree in dental hygienist from University of Southern California in 2010. Students at University of Southern California paid $41,022 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in California that has a dental hygienist program is University of the Pacific. University of the Pacific, which was ranked 33rd in the country in 2010, is located in Stockton. In 2010, University of the Pacific graduated 17 students from its dental hygienist program. Students at University of the Pacific paid $34,100 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in California that has a dental hygienist program is Carrington College California-San Jose. Carrington College California-San Jose, which was ranked 68th in the country in 2010, is located in San Jose. In 2010, Carrington College California-San Jose graduated 54 students from its dental hygienist programs. Carrington College California-San Jose charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at California's dental hygienist schools ranges from $41,022 per year to $644 per year. But, the average tuition is $4,650 per year. The California dental hygienist schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  2. University of the Pacific - located in Stockton, students are charged $34,100 per year
  3. San Joaquin Valley College-Rancho Cucamonga - located in Rancho Cucamonga, students are charged $14,880 per year

The dental hygienist schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  2. Cypress College - located in Cypress, students are charged $656 per year
  3. Fresno City College - located in Fresno, students are charged $658 per year

A dental hygienist degree from a California school... what next?

The highest percentage of dental hygienist graduates in California pursue careers as a dental hygienist. If you decide to work as a dental hygienist in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 18,050 California dental hygienists as of 2010. The largest populations of California dental hygienists are working in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 3,300 dental hygienists
  2. Alameda County - 2,250 dental hygienists
  3. El Dorado County - 1,690 dental hygienists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 23,300 dental hygienists will be working in California state. This would require the number of dental hygienists to grow by 25%.


A dental hygienist in California makes an average of $90,220 per year. But, salaries for dental hygienists can vary. In 2010, dental hygienists made as little as less than $44,410 per year or as much as more than $144,270 per year in California. A dental hygienist in the following California counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Marin County - $104,250 per year
  2. Sonoma County - $101,510 per year
  3. Colusa County - $99,630 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for dental hygienists are:

  1. Merced County - $65,300 per year
  2. Santa Barbara County - $67,510 per year
  3. Fresno County - $73,890 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in dental hygiene in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as health science or medical assisting, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene in California
  • Certificate in Dental Hygiene in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,768 miles from location Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA n/a n/a n/a
7,808 miles from location West Coast University-Orange County Anaheim CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,825 miles from location University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 92.8981 33% 34,824
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,936 miles from location Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA 17.2076 n/a 21,951
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,946 miles from location Chabot College Hayward CA 14.9806 n/a 15,375
7,831 miles from location West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 11.1589 n/a 11,866
7,961 miles from location College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 15.1982 n/a 11,310
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,865 miles from location Taft College Taft CA 15.1812 n/a 7,031
7,897 miles from location University of the Pacific Stockton CA 67.1147 14% 6,401
7,768 miles from location Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA 0.491732 n/a 4,114
7,887 miles from location Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.7306 77% 1,537
7,836 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia CA 23.4766 n/a 1,252
7,939 miles from location Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose CA 31.6955 72% 1,016
7,784 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Cucamonga CA 24.0073 n/a 608

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Dental Hygienists + 18,050 $90,220 -7.1%

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