Dental Hygienists rake in the most money, with average earnings of $39.11 per hour; Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $23.94, while Treatment Coordinator, Dentals and Benefits Coordinators rank near the top as well (around $19.29 and $17.17, respectively). Dental Assistants at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($14.37 on average) at the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $26.75 per hour) can be spotted in Reno, Nev.; Irvine, Calif. ($19.97), Turlock, Calif. ($17.00), and Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $16.28) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Tucson, Ariz.; in fact, at around $14.95 it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Florida, where the average salary is $24.00 per hour.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $17.80 per hour on average. The greater proportion of employees (44 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $16.82 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Pit and Fissure Sealant Certifications are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $17.82 per hour. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate of Science (AS) — these employees rake in approximately $42.50 per hour.
Employees who count Scheduling among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $17.97 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Radiology; nearly two in five deem it necessary for work. Patient Education, Customer Service, and CAD/CAM round out the set of key employee skills.
Pacific Dental Services Incorporated's employees who participated in the survey are more likely to be female — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only one-seventh of respondents report compensation for sick days and vacation time. A majority of employees take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Pacific Dental Services Incorporated sponsors. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most respondents, and a large number of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and special cash bonus/group incentives.