When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $37.57 per hour) can be spotted in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Appleton, Wisc. ($25.50), Estero, Fla. ($25.00), and St. Louis, Mo. (about $19.32) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Lakeland, Fla. — at around $16.00, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest pay (an average of $31.26 per hour) in Indiana.
Registered Dental Hygienists earn the highest median pay at $32.11 per hour, followed by Dental Hygienists ($31.76), Office Managers (approximately $18.09), and Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (about $17.41). Among the lower-paid positions at Heartland Dental Care are Dental Office Receptionists — the median salary for this role approaches $14.00.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to around $17.91 per hour. Overall, the greater share of Heartland Dental Care folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average about $16.06 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Registered Dental Hygienist certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $31.84 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. At Heartland Dental Care, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) receive the highest pay at $32.00.
In this position, it pays to have Patient Education in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $20.62 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Radiology; more than half deem it necessary for work. Key skills also include Customer Service, Order Inventory, and Oral Surgery.
The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a solid majority of employees, and a majority of survey participants report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, tuition reimbursement, stock options, and supplemental maternity leave.