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In partnership with RDH Magazine.
In 2020, DentalPost conducted the largest dental industry survey of its kind, surveying 10,890 dental professionals nationwide about compensation, benefits, work-life balance, and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on their compensation.
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Average full-time Dental Hygienist salaries range from $51,000 to $70,000, with over 15% of RDHs earning $80,000+ annually. Notably, RDH salaries well-exceed the median income for full-time working females in the United States, which averaged $47,299 in 2019.
59% percent reported receiving a pay raise in the past two years. Still, there is general dissatisfaction with both pay raises and how those raises are calculated. Less than 15% of respondents were satisfied with either. While 32% of RDHs reported receiving some type of bonus in the last two years, several respondents expressed disappointment in their written survey responses about the elimination of their bonus due to practice shutdowns and production loss.
The majority of Dental Assistants earned between $31,000 and $40,000 annually. 28% earn below $30,000 per year, and slightly more than 10% of Dental Assistants are paid $50,000 or more annually.
32% of respondents reported receiving some type of bonus in the past two years, and 65% received a pay raise in the same time period.
48% of Front Office team members reported earning less than $40,000 per year, while 38% earn between $41,000 – $60,000. As can be expected, salaries increase in conjunction with experience, but rarely do these team members exceed $70,000 per year in salary.
The majority (60%) of Dentist respondents had 20+ years of experience. 40% estimated their annual income exceeding $200,000 in 2020. This suggests a number of the respondents are likely also practice owners. 36% of Dentists surveyed said they have taken a pay cut this year.
14% of Dentists’ salaries range from $126,000- $150,000, 11% between $151,000- 175,000 and 8% fell in the $176,000-$200,000 range.