Nearing the top of the pay scale are Dental Hygienists, Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Treatment Coordinator, Dentals, and Registered Dental Assistants; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $36.87 per hour, the other salaries come in at around $21.00, $18.77, and $17.16, respectively. Financial compensation for Dental Assistants is rather low — on average only $14.00 — relative to the rest of the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $26.00 per hour) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Irvine, Calif. ($22.00), Phoenix, Ariz. (around $21.10), and Turlock, Calif. (approximately $17.00) are the next top-paying cities. Las Vegas, Nev. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $15.71. By state, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated employees make the most in Arizona, earning $20.54 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $18.39 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $16.69 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Dental Assistants receive bigger paychecks (around $17.75 per hour) than those without credentials. At Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) receive the highest pay at approximately $36.00.
Employees who count Order Inventory among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $19.50 per hour. Radiology is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; more than two-fifths of Pacific Dental Services Incorporated's people use it regularly. Other skills in demand are Patient Education, Customer Service, and Scheduling.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated can sometimes lack paid time off; 19 percent get paid vacation days, and 7 percent receive paid sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and a fair number of respondents use it to save for retirement. A large number of respondents can count on health insurance, and most respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes special cash bonus/group incentives, a subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.