Exploring an opportunity to become a skilled technician is a great start to your job search education. Money is always an important consideration before investing your time and energy into developing a skill. Being a dental hygienist has a lot of benefits including being able to work virtually anywhere in the world. The demand is all over the world. As a result, the amount of compensation varies tremendously. If you are in a high cost area of the country like New York, LA, or San Francisco, you are likely to make a lot more than if you are working in the middle of Kansas. Hygienists in LA, SF, NY will likely make $60k/year and up. If you are located in the middle of Kansas or away from a high cost region, your compensation will likely be around half that amount. So, i would say that they make good money based upon where they are located in the country. But there isn't a standard rate across the whole country. Job security is pretty high and many offices allow you to work part time or full time.