2022 SALARY SURVEY REPORT
From late July through early September 2021, DentalPost conducted the largest and most comprehensive dental professional salary survey of its kind. From compensation to work environments to the job turnover rate, this report contains key takeaways and charted data from responding dental assistants.
There is only a slight variance between private dental practices and corporate dental practices, with 5% more of the dental assistants working full time in corporate practices.
Slightly over 57% of responding dental assistants said they are “satisfied” with their hours.
Between 48% and 49% indicated their duties had been increased due to the pandemic. Of those who reported doing more, 18.5% of them said they were being compensated for the additional COVID-19 related duties.
For 91% of the responding dental assistants, income is based on an hourly wage.
The average hourly rate of responding dental assistants is $21.95. Only 15% make less than $18.00 an hour.
Dental assistants, who work more than 30 hours a week, reported an average yearly income of $39,071. When DentalPost examined the average income at different ages of experience, average income rose as shown in the following chart:
When DentalPost examined the average and median income in corporate dental practices, compared to private practices, dental assistants in corporate practices earn less.
Yes, dental assistant income has risen since our last survey:
DentalPost asked the survey audience to enter the total income they anticipated making in 2021 from clinical practice. The following statistics, ranked from lowest to highest of individual states, reflect the total 2021 income reported by dental assistants working more than 30 hours a week. Dental assistants in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Washington DC did not respond to the survey.
The average annual income of those “dissatisfied” and “very dissatisfied” is below $35,000.
More than one-third of responding dental assistants applied for one or more new jobs last year.
Nearly 40% of responding dental assistants working in corporate dental practices said they intend to look for a new job within the following year.
31% of responding dental assistants working in private dental practices said they intend to look for a new job within the following year.
Open comments indicate the desire for greater pay is top of mind. The following chart shows the sources of dissatisfaction mentioned by the dental assistants who left comments.
*Comments reflect fatigue, stress, and feeling unappreciated.
Only 4% of currently working dental assistants plan to retire in the next two years.
45% of responding dental assistants had DANB certification, and 50% had expanded duties certification.
Responding dental assistants fell into the following age groups:
*57% of responding dental assistants were younger than 45.
Among all dental positions surveyed, dental assistants were the most racially/ethnically diverse.
37% of responding dental assistants said they are the sole income earner in their household.
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