Dental Hygienist Salary Survey "2020 Results"

We surveyed the industry to learn what today's registered dental hygienists are saying about the state of the dental career for 2020.

The State of the RDH Career in 2020

How much are dental hygienists paid? How many hours a week do they work? What do they think about their current employee benefits?

We answer all these questions, and more in our annual salary survey. The largest of its kind, RDH Magazine partnered with DentalPost to survey 8,855 dental professionals, including 3,977 dental hygienists.

KEY FINDINGS FOR 2020

  • 44% of dental hygienists are satisfied with their overall compensation.
  • 38% are happy with their overall employee benefits. Flexible scheduling and paid holidays are the employee benefits that dental hygienists value most.
  • 24% feel overworked and would prefer to work less hours. Only 8% of respondents would prefer to work more hours.
  • 43% of dental hygienists are open to a job change within a year.

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EXPERIENCE IN DENTISTRY

How many years of experience do you have working in dentistry?
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  • 1 in 4 dental hygienist respondents have 10-20 years of experience
  • Newer to the industry: 1 in 8 dental hygienist respondents have less than 5 years of experience
  • Established dental hygienists: Over half of the respondents have 20+ years of experience

HOW THEY WORK

Full-Time vs Part-Time
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  • The majority of respondents work as full-time dental hygienists (66%)
  • A minority of respondents work as part-time dental hygienists (33%)
  • Only 1% of respondents identify as retired or unemployed
85% Work in Private Practice
Dental Service Organization (DSO) vs Private Practice
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  • 85% identify working at a private practice
  • 10% identify working in corporate dentistry
  • 5% identify as other / unsure
SNAPSHOT: Corporate vs Private Practice
Corporate
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Private Practice
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TODAY'S DEMOGRAPHICS

As we enter the 2020s, what are the traits of a modern dental hygienist? What are their demographics? What about their life at home? Respondents share info about age, gender, head of household status and the impact of children in the home.

Age Range
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DSOs Attract New and Young RDHs
Corporate vs Private Practice
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Shifting Gender Demographics
What is your gender?
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Role of Dental Hygienists in the Household
Are you the sole income provider in your household?
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Impact of Children in the Household
How many children under the age of 18 live in your household?
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How much does a dental hygienist make?
What is your estimated annual income for 2019?
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HOW THEY EARN IT

Average number of hours worked, one job or multiple, and the participation rate of temping among dental hygienists.

How many hours per week do dental hygienists work?
On average, how many hours per week do you work as a practicing dental professional?
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One Job or Multiple Jobs?
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How is temping changing how dental hygienists earn a living?

When it comes to working as a dental temp, RDHs are leading the charge.

Do you currently temp?
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WORK ENVIRONMENT: IS IT THE RIGHT FIT?

Here's what dental hygienists say about their current compensation and benefits. We ask them to rate satisfaction and provide feedback where employers can impove. Putting it together, we uncover who might be looking to make a job change soon.

Compensation
How satisfied are you with your overall pay?
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Annual raises are missed opportunities
How satisfied are you with your annual raise?
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Employee Benefits. Which benefits are the most impactful?
BENEFITS. How satisified are you with...
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Testing the Job Market
Do you intend to apply for a new job in the next 365 days?
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