Dental Hygienists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $35.23 per hour — though Technical Support Supervisors, Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants, and Dental Assistant Leads also do fairly well at around $28.50, approximately $22.00, and $21.38, respectively. Dental Assistants make an average $12.00, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $28.50 per hour) can be spotted in Irvine, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev. (around $25.75), La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (about $19.95), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($19.55) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in San Bernardino, Calif.; in fact, at $17.50 it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across Pacific Dental Services Incorporated's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Nevada earn the most, taking home $25.75 per hour.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $18.90 per hour. The largest fraction of Pacific Dental Services Incorporated people (30 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn around $15.72 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Dental Assistants earn approximately $18.54 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. It pays to have a Bachelor's Degree at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated — these employees make the most at $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. A common skill in Pacific Dental Services Incorporated's work force is Radiology; close to one-half of survey participants report using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Patient Education, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated; the company rewards only 29 percent with paid vacation time and only one in eight respondents with sick leave. Most workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all employees, and nearly all respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, tuition reimbursement, supplemental maternity leave, and 401(a).