The highest average salaries go to Dental Hygienists, who bring in close to around $31.99 per hour, though Registered Dental Hygienists are not far behind at $30.00 along with Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants ($18.02) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistants ($17.45). On the lower end are Dental Assistants at about $15.39 on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $29.75 per hour) can be spotted in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Manassas, Va. ($28.50), Lakeland, Fla. ($23.00), and Oklahoma City, Okla. (about $17.69) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Effingham, Ill.; in fact, at approximately $14.63 it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, Heartland Dental Care employees make the most in Indiana, earning around $19.78 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $16.60 per hour. Overall, the greater share of Heartland Dental Care folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $15.14 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Administration of Local Anesthesia Certifications receive bigger paychecks (about $35.00 per hour) than those without credentials. Heartland Dental Care provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate of Science (AS), Dental Hygiene — these employees rake in approximately $19.50 per hour.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Patient Education; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $18.63 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Radiology; on the survey, around half of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Customer Service, Composite Fillings, and Order Inventory round out the set of key employee skills.
Employees who participated in the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. At Heartland Dental Care, a solid majority of survey participants have health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, tuition reimbursement, stock options, and registered retirement savings plan (rrsp).