Dental Hygienist in Florida

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Schools Offering Dental Hygiene Programs in Florida

Approximately 0.1% of graduates in of Florida receive dental hygiene degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 406 dental hygienists graduate from Florida's 18 dental hygienist schools.

Top Schools

Santa Fe College, which was ranked 75th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Florida that has a dental hygienist program. It is located in Gainesville. 21 students graduated with a degree in dental hygienist from Santa Fe College in 2010. Students at Santa Fe College paid $2,167 per year in tuition fees.

South Florida Community College, which was ranked 77th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Florida that has a dental hygienist program. It is located in Avon Park. 5 students graduated with degree in dental hygienist from South Florida Community College in 2010. South Florida Community College charged in-state students $2,790 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Florida that has a dental hygienist program is Brevard Community College. Brevard Community College, which was ranked 77th in the country in 2010, is located in Cocoa. In 2010, 12 students graduated from Brevard Community College dental hygienist program. Students at Brevard Community College paid $2,256 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of Florida's dental hygienist schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $2,513 per year, though tuition can range from $2,877 per year to $2,158 per year. The Florida dental hygienist schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Daytona State College - located in Daytona Beach, students are charged $2,877 per year
  2. State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota - located in Bradenton, students are charged $2,847 per year
  3. Miami Dade College - located in Miami, students are charged $2,847 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Florida dental hygienist schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Palm Beach State College - located in Lake Worth, students are charged $2,158 per year
  2. Santa Fe College - located in Gainesville, students are charged $2,167 per year
  3. Pensacola State College - located in Pensacola, students are charged $2,179 per year

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

The highest percentage of dental hygienist graduates in Florida pursue careers as a dental hygienist. In 2010, there were 9,320 dental hygienists working in Florida. The following counties have the largest number of Florida dental hygienists:

  1. Hernando County - 1,630 dental hygienists
  2. Palm Beach County - 970 dental hygienists
  3. Miami-Dade County - 900 dental hygienists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 31% by 2018. There are projected to be 11,890 dental hygienists working in the Florida then.


On average, dental hygienists earn $58,340 per year. But, salaries for dental hygienists can vary. In 2010, dental hygienists made as little as less than $27,380 per year or as much as more than $108,200 per year in Florida. The following counties in Florida have the highest average salaries for dental hygienists:

  1. DeSoto County - $74,860 per year
  2. Lee County - $71,050 per year
  3. Broward County - $69,980 per year

A dental hygienist in the following counties in Florida make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Escambia County - $43,000 per year
  2. Bay County - $48,190 per year
  3. Miami-Dade County - $48,380 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in dental hygiene in Florida 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 Florida
  • Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene in Florida

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,614 miles from location Miami Dade College Miami FL 21.2072 n/a 59,120
5,701 miles from location Valencia Community College Orlando FL 22.7696 n/a 39,008
5,613 miles from location Broward College Fort Lauderdale FL 17.4756 n/a 37,360
5,780 miles from location St Petersburg College Clearwater FL 18.6493 n/a 29,282
5,728 miles from location Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 18.8342 n/a 28,877
5,612 miles from location Palm Beach State College Lake Worth FL 18.277 n/a 28,017
5,764 miles from location Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL 20.5441 n/a 26,964
5,663 miles from location Brevard Community College Cocoa FL 23.0121 n/a 17,853
5,685 miles from location Daytona State College Daytona Beach FL 17.1637 n/a 17,352
5,633 miles from location Indian River State College Fort Pierce FL 19.855 n/a 17,110
5,723 miles from location Edison State College Fort Myers FL 14.6361 n/a 16,034
5,770 miles from location Santa Fe College Gainesville FL 24.8493 n/a 15,043
5,888 miles from location Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee FL 17.449 n/a 14,526
5,771 miles from location State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Bradenton FL 15.9671 n/a 11,746
6,058 miles from location Pensacola State College Pensacola FL 16.7322 n/a 11,598
5,777 miles from location Pasco-Hernando Community College New Port Richey FL 16.3494 n/a 10,036
5,969 miles from location Gulf Coast Community College Panama City FL 18.0854 n/a 6,178
5,705 miles from location South Florida Community College Avon Park FL 23.4449 n/a 2,902

Curious what studying Dental Hygienist gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Florida

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Dental Hygienists + 9,320 $58,340 1.5%

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