When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($37.57 per hour) can be spotted in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Indianapolis, Ind. (approximately $33.25), St. Augustine, Fla. (about $18.00), and St. Louis, Mo. (around $18.00) are the next top-paying cities. Lakeland, Fla. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $16.00. Within the firm, employees working in Indiana take home the most — $20.57 per hour on average.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Registered Dental Hygienists, Dental Hygienists, Expanded Functions Dental Assistants, and Office Managers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $31.97 per hour, the other salaries come in at approximately $31.49, around $17.92, and $17.77, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Heartland Dental Care are Dental Office Receptionists — the median salary for this role approaches about $14.74.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $17.22 per hour. The largest fraction of Heartland Dental Care people (41 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $15.68 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $31.79 per hour for Registered Dental Hygienists, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Employees who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) make the most here, hauling in around $34.82 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Periodontics in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $31.02 per hour. Radiology is a popular skill among Heartland Dental Care workers, with a little more than half of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Patient Education, Customer Service, and Order Inventory.
Employees who participated in the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
To plan for old age, a majority of survey participants maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For a strong majority of employees, benefits include health insurance, and the larger part of survey participants get dental coverage, too. The list of perks also includes life insurance, tuition reimbursement, stock options, registered retirement savings plan (rrsp), and a subsidized cell phone.