The highest paychecks go to Dental Hygienists, who earn an average approximately $35.23 per hour, closely trailed by Technical Support Supervisors (about $28.50), Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants ($22.00), and Dental Assistant Leads (around $21.38). On the lower end are Dental Assistants at $12.00 on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($28.50 per hour) can be spotted in Irvine, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev. (around $25.75), Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $20.00), and La Canada Flintridge, Calif. ($19.95) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Diego, Calif. at $15.00. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Nevada; pay there average to about $25.75 per hour.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $15.72 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of around $19.19 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Dental Assistants receive bigger paychecks ($18.54 per hour) than those without credentials. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at about $21.00 per hour.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Periodontics; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $32.50 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Radiology; one-half consider it a key competency. Customer Service, Patient Education, and Microsoft Office are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated can sometimes lack paid time off; a quarter of respondents get paid vacation days, and one in eight employees receive paid sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and most respondents use it to save for retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for almost all employees, and for nearly all employees, dental coverage is too. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, supplemental maternity leave, tuition reimbursement, and 401(a).