Average Dental Hygienist Salary in South Africa 2022

average dental hygienist salary

In South Africa, the average dental hygienist salary is R26,080.00 per month. Dental hygienists collaborate with dentists to provide oral care to patients. Schedules must be met at all times, which can make the job very demanding.

Dental Hygienists in South Africa are mostly women, accounting for 94.7% of the total workforce. The remaining Dental Hygienists are men, who make up only 5.3% of the workforce (Payscale).

On average, women are the highest-paid dental hygienists in 2022. As dental hygienists, women earn 12% more than men. As a result, the field is one of the few in which women earn more than men.

In South Africa, the salary of a dental hygienist is influenced by a variety of factors. Below, we look at the various factors that influence a Dental Hygienist’s salary in South Africa.

Factors that influence the salary of a Dental Hygienist in South Africa 2022

Level of Education 

The level of education of a Dental Hygienist influences his or her salary earning. Dental Hygienists with a higher certificate or diploma in the field earn the least in South Africa. Dental Hygienists with a Diploma will earn an average monthly salary of R11,900.00 in 2022.

A Dental Hygienist’s salary can rise if they have a Bachelor’s degree in the field. In 2022, the average monthly salary for a Dental Hygienist with a Bachelor’s degree is R23,000.00. This represents a 93% raise over the average salary of Dental Hygienists with a diploma.

City of employment 

A Dental Hygienist’s salary is also determined by the city in which they work. In 2022, South African urbanised cities are the highest-paying cities for dental hygienists. Here are some of the highest-paying cities in South Africa for dental hygienists:

  • Upington, Northern Cape is the highest-paying city for Dental Hygienists with an average salary of R34,285 per month;
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng is the second highest paying city for Dental Hygienists with an average salary of R28,686.00 per month; and
  • Southern Suburbs, Western Cape is the third highest-paying city for Dental Hygienists with an average salary of R17,663.00 per month

A Dental Hygienist’s salary is also determined by their level of education along with their level of experience in the field. Below, we examine the salary levels of Dental Hygienists in South Africa based on their level of experience.

Salary of a Dental Hygienist based on their level of experience 

Average Dental Hygienist Salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2022 

A Dental Hygienist with 0 to 2 years of experience earns R10,300.00 per month on average. The lowest salary a Dental Hygienist can earn in this group is R9,030.00 per month, which is earned by those with 0 years of working experience.

Dental Hygienists with 2 years of experience earn the most in this group, with an average monthly salary of R11,700.00. Employer contributions can be advanced to policies such as pension funds, resulting in a higher net income for the employee.

Salary of a Dental Hygienist with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2022 

A Dental Hygienist with 3 to 5 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R13,700.00. The salary represents a 34% increase over the average salary of Dental Hygienists with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Dental Hygienists with 5 years of experience earn the highest salaries in this category, earning an average of R16,900.00 per month. Dental Hygienists with three years of work experience earn the least, with an average monthly salary of R12,200.00.

Average Dental Hygienist Salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2022 

A Dental Hygienist with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn R20,200.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 48% increase in salary from those with 3 to 5 years of work experience.

Dental Hygienists with 10 years of experience earn the highest salaries, with an average monthly salary of R23,500.00. Dental Hygienists with 6 years of experience earn the lowest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R18,200.00.

Salary of a Dental Hygienist with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2022 

A Dental Hygienist with 11 to 15 years of experience can expect to earn R24,700.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 22% increase over the average salary of a Dental Hygienist with 6 to 10 years of experience.

Dental Hygienists with 15 years of experience earn the highest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R25,500.00. Dental Hygienists with 11 years of experience earn the least in this category, with an average monthly salary of R23,100.00.

Salary of a Dental Hygienist with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2022 

A dental hygienist with 16 to 20 years of experience earns an average salary of R26,900.00 per month. The salary represents a 9% increase in average pay over dental hygienists with 10 to 15 years of experience.

Dental Hygienists with more than 20 years of experience earn an average of R29,100.00 per year. This represents an 8% increase over the average salary of Dental Hygienists with 16 to 20 years. The highest salary available for a Dental Hygienist on the job market is R31,200.00, which requires 20+ years of experience in the field.

Conclusion 

A Dental Hygienist’s salary rises faster than the national average for all professionals. Every 18 months, the salary of a dental hygienist rises by 10%, making the profession a worthwhile career for anyone seeking a high salary.

Salary increases for Dental Hygienists are higher than the national average for all professions in South Africa, which is 8% every 18 months. As a result, staying in the profession and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in the field is financially rewarding. 

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