2022 Dental Salary Survey

2022 Dental Salary Survey

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In 2021, DentalPost surveyed over 13,000 dental professionals nationwide about their salary, compensation, bonuses, benefits and work conditions in their dental teams and offices.

13,000+

13,000+

Dental Professionals surveyed

Overall industry wages have increased

Overall industry wages across positions have increased over the last two years and the number of clinical workers who plan to apply for new jobs has decreased.

Highest risk for turnover

The highest risk for team turnover in the next year is among dental front office workers. The survey indicates turnover could be as high as 30% among administrative team members if they find higher-paying positions. And because they have administrative experience, many of these jobseekers could move to jobs outside the dental industry.

Based on 30+ hours a week

All income data reported in the following takeaways are based on full-time dental workers who reported they average more than 30 hours each week.

Salary data by dental position

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Dentist

Our survey revealed dentists are working harder than last year with 18% working more than 40 hours a week and only 11% planning to retire next year.

18%

Working more than 40 hours a week

What’s included

  1. Private practice vs. corporate practice salary data
  2. Owner practice transfer to Associate data
  3. Implants vs. non-implant service salary data
  4. Overall salary satisfaction
  5. Hours Dentists work
  6. Career & retirement plans
  1. Private practice vs. corporate practice salary data
  2. Owner practice transfer to Associate data
  3. Implants vs. non-implant service salary data
  4. Overall salary satisfaction
  5. Hours Dentists work
  6. Career & retirement plans
18%
$71,599

Dental Hygienist

The survey tells a story of rising wages and increased income satisfaction this year over last year. But are they applying for jobs in the near future?

$71,599

Average income for 10-19 years of experience

What’s included

  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction

Dental Assistant

Our survey shows that just over 27% of responding dental assistants said they planned to look for a new job within the next year.

27%

Plan to look for a new job

What’s included

  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
27%
1/3

Dental Billing Specialist

2021 was the first year DentalPost surveyed this specific segment of front office administrators as a separate group. One in three billing specialists said they applied for a new job in the last year, and one in three said they plan to apply for new jobs in the next year.

1/3

Applied for a new job in the last year

What’s included

  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
40+

Dental Practice Manager

2021 was the first year DentalPost surveyed this specific segment of front office administrators as a separate group. The survey reveals a significant percentage of office managers / administrators work more than 40 hours a week.

40+

Hours a week worked

What’s included

  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction

General Front Office Staff Member

A high number (39%) of front office staff applied for a new job in the last year.

39%

Applied for this job in the last year

What’s included

  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
  1. Salary data by state
  2. Benefits
  3. Bonuses
  4. Hours worked
  5. Work conditions
  6. Salary Satisfaction
39%

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