The highest average salaries go to Dental Hygienists, who bring in close to about $32.33 per hour, though Registered Dental Hygienists are not far behind at around $30.00 along with Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants ($18.02) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistants ($17.69). Among the lower-paid positions at Heartland Dental Care are Dental Assistants — the median salary for this role approaches approximately $15.17.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($29.75 per hour) can be spotted in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Manassas, Va. ($28.50), Oklahoma City, Okla. (approximately $17.69), and Fort Myers, Fla. ($16.00) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Effingham, Ill. — at around $14.63, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Heartland Dental Care workers in Indiana earn the most — about $21.00 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $17.37 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (35 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $15.05 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Administration of Local Anesthesia Certifications earn around $36.44 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. The best paid folks at Heartland Dental Care have an Associate of Science (AS), Dental Hygiene, earning $19.50 per hour.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Patient Education; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $18.36 per hour. A garden variety skill at Heartland Dental Care is Radiology; around half of Heartland Dental Care's people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Customer Service, Composite Fillings, and Accounts Receivable.
Heartland Dental Care's employees who participated in the survey are more likely to be female — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
A 401(k) program is available, and a majority of respondents use it to save for retirement. A solid majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of survey participants also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, stock options, and registered retirement savings plan (rrsp).