For those of you who expressed interest, I have compiled the results from the survey I created to better learn about the wage, benefits, and other information of Registered Dental Hygienists in the state of Utah. I also have information about the RDHs in Colorado as well as a variety of other states. If you are looking for info on Colorado, please send comment on the post below and I will happily share with you the information that I gathered. I’ll try to organize this as best as possible.
Let’s break down each category and let me describe what you will be reading
- Average Years of Experience (self explanatory)
- Average Number of Hours (self explanatory)
- Average Wage/Hour: this includes everyone, both full and part time dental hygienists.
- Average Temp Wage: this is the average wage that the employer pays a temp to fill in for the hygienist in office.
- Notes: this consists of incentives that are offered (production, bonuses, sales, etc) and benefits that are offered. “Most Common Benefits Offered” consists of the most common benefits that hygienists are offered in that area. The category “Least Common Benefits Offered” were benefits that were mentioned but didn’t appear to be offered in a lot of practices.
Average Years of Experience: 1 year
Average Number of Hours: 35; had a variety of responses saying that 35 hours were considered part & full time.
Average Wage/Hour: $29; ranged from $28-$37/hour. $37/hour was an outlier
Average Temp Wage: $30; ranged from $30-$32/hour.
>> Incentives: None
>> Most Common Benefits Offered: Free dental work; family receives discounted dental work
>> Least Common Benefits Offered: IRA contribution, PTO
Average Years of Experience: 1-2 years
Average Number of Hours: 35 hours; considered full time
Average Wage/Hour: $32; ranged from $27.50-$31
Average Temp Wage: $32
>> Incentives:production, bonus if production goals are achieved, commission on products sold (varnish, toothbrushes, Peridex, etc.)
>> Most Common Benefits Offered: Free dental work
>> Least Common Benefits Offered: PTO, short term disability
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Average Years of Experience: 5
Average Number of Hours: 30;
Range of Number of Hours: 8 to 40; anything under 25 was considered part time, anything above was considered full time
Average Wage/Hour: $31.35 (lowest wage without commission incentive: $30, highest wage without commission incentive: $36.50) ranged from $16-$36.50
Average Temp Wage: $30.60
>> Incentives: Bonus programs, 20% commission, $2.50 per product sold, $20 for bleach trays, $25 bonus if daily hygiene goal is hit.
>> Most Common Benefits Offered: Free dental work, family discount
>> Least Common Benefits Offered: 401k, PTO, Paid holidays, Health insurance
Average Years of Experience: 3.5 years
Average Number of Hours: 25 hours
Average Wage/Hour: $31.36
Average Temp Wage: $30.72 (lowest: $27; highest: $34)
>> Incentives: Commission on production, commission on ultrasonic use, % of fluoride treatment, $1 for every recall scheduled.
>> Most Common Benefits Offered: free dental work, free preventive & discounted dental work, discounted dental work for immediate family.
>> Least Common Benefits Offered: 401K, PTO, Medical Insurance, 5% matching after 1 year of employment
>> Some participants shared that their employer offers a temp more than their hourly wage.
Average Years of Experience: 1 year
Average Number of Hours: 20 hours, part time
Average Wage/Hour: $31.20; ranged from $25-$34/hour.
Average Temp Wage: $29.75; ranged from $25-$33/hour
>> Incentives: None
>> Most Common Benefits Offered: discounted dental work, free preventive work
>> Least Common Benefits Offered: PTO, sick days
OVERALL OBSERVATIONS & NOTES
- This list is based off of individual comments from those who chose to give more information. Not all of this information applies to a specific area of Utah.
>> Not all dentists will pay a temp hygienist the same wage as their regular hygienist.
>> A majority of those who have asked for a raise within the last year have not received one
>> Some practices cancel their entire hygiene schedule if their hygienist calls in sick
>> Hygienists with more years of experience were offered higher wages
>> Part time employees are hardly offered PTO, Insurance, 401K, or any other sort of “perk”
>> 25+ hours are considered both part time or full time depending on the practice. Anything less than 25 hours was said (by participants) was always part time.
>> Types of Incentives: Set $ amount given to every new patient scheduled, 5-20% commission, bonus programs (many of you said the bonus programs in place at your office are unattainable), % of hygiene production during the day/week/month
>> There was an outlier and only 1 response for Wasatch County. Someone’s practice in Heber offers $37-$40 for a temp (Hook a sister up and let me come temp there!!!). It’s interesting though- they said they only get paid $32/hr (they do have a bonus program but did not share specifics on the potential for increase in hourly pay)
Comment below if you have any questions! I hope this helps out some of you and provides information you are looking for. Please keep in mind that this is not a professionally administered survey and it was created because of curiosity and for the benefit of hygienists to learn what is going on with their profession around the state of Utah. I will be the first to admit that there could be some inaccuracies or better ways to find out this information. I also want to say something as a hygienist who only temps: it is becoming more and more common for dentists to hire a temp via word of mouth, Facebook, etc. rather than a temp agency. I don’t discredit temp agencies or put them down at all, but they need to be paid when a temp of theirs gets places so it will cost the doctor more money and that may result in paying the hygienist less. Please spread the word, share with your friends, and help each other out. Also, don’t settle for a low pay out of desperation. If you need the job, please take it but make sure you talk to your employer about a re-evaluation in a few months. You’ll thank me later, I promise! 🙂