Top 10 countries for dental hygienists

September 17, 2019

Top 10 countries for dental hygienists
Top 10 countries for dental hygienists

If you are a dental hygienist looking to travel the world, you may be in luck. There are plenty of countries all over the globe that offer exceptional dental care. And many of these countries also have a healthy economy, meaning that there are plenty of job opportunities available for the right dental hygienist. The following are the top 10 countries for dental hygienists, based on salary and quality of life. Have a look, and see if any of them are right for you.


10. Switzerland


The average full-time employment for dental hygienists in Switzerland is around 42 hours per week, and hygienists are also entitled to days off on national holidays. The salary is comparable to other European countries, at around $70,000. In many cases, the potential employer will help the hygienist find accommodations in the area that the job will be located in. There are plenty of job opportunities available for dental hygienists in Switzerland, and knowing German, French and Italian are not mandatory, but highly valued.


9. Norway


Dental hygienists in Norway largely report good working conditions. As a dental Hygienist in Norway, you can expect to make around $69,404 a year. The demand for dental work is high, so it’s a good place to go if you are looking for potential career expansion. One thing to keep in mind if you choose to be a dental hygienist in Norway, is that the cost of living is quite high.


8. Sweden


Full-time work in Sweden for dental hygienists is 40 hours per week, with a salary of $655,854 Kr per year (making it comparable to other northern European countries). 55% of dental hygienists in Sweden work for public practices, while 42% work for private practices, and 3% are independent. In Sweden, there are currently a fair amount of job opportunities for dental hygienists, and that is not on track to change anytime soon.


7. Germany


If you plan to go to Germany and work as a dental hygienist, you can expect to make on average €67,112 per year, or an average of €32 per hour.  While the salary for dental hygienists in Germany is similar to that in Canada, Germany also offers socialized health insurance, and a large English-speaking population, while still being located in Europe.


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6. Japan


Dental hygienists in Japan can expect to make an average of $72,000 per year. Japan is a great place to work for hygienists, and for anyone, really because of a high quality of life and ample health insurance coverage. There are also many job opportunities in the field of dentistry available.


5. Canada


It may be argued that Canada is a good place to live no matter what your profession is. But specifically regarding dental hygienists, the average income in Canada is $70,000 per year. And, being a dental hygienist is one of the top 10 professions expected
With an average income of $70k, in Canada, the job expansion forecast for dental hygienists is projected to explode in and after 2020.


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4. Spain


The salary for dental hygienists in Spain is not as in high as in other countries, but then again, the cost of living is way lower as well. Dental hygienists can expect to earn the medium income, of around €30,000 per year, and depending on where you live, that can go a long way. In general, the quality of life in Spain is high, due to the mild climate and low cost of living.


3. Denmark

Denmark is another great option for dental hygienists looking to relocate. Its population is known for having some of the healthiest teeth in Europe, and that’s thanks to their awesome dental hygienists. The average salary for a dental hygienist in Denmark is somewhere between €58,000 and €89,000, while working an average of 37 hours per week. Talk about work/life balance!


2. United states of America


In the United States, dental hygienists are in high demand, in fact, it is the 5th most demanded career in the US, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a job, (although with the current political climate, entry into the country can be a bit challenging). Additionally, dental hygienists in the US make a good living; the average annual income being somewhere near $50,000, and in some places like California or Alaska, you can even earn up to $100,000 per year.


1. Australia


Australia is definitely a place to consider moving to if you are a dental hygienist. In Australia, most dental hygienists work in private practices in major cities. It is a quickly expanding field in the Land Down Under, with plenty of room for job growth. Additionally, hygienists in Australia are in high demand right out of school. In Australia, a dental hygienist’s salary can be anywhere between AU$58,219 and AU$120,394 per year. The hourly rate for dental hygienists in Australia ranges from AU$30.44 and AU$58.69. That’s quite high, and the weather is great too, mate!


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