Dental Hygienist Salary Survey 2014
Difficulty in finding a job as a dental hygienist in New York
Observation: New Yorkers favor the terminology of “somewhat” over “very,” and the 11% who think job hunting is “relatively” easy is four percentage points over the national average. The 32% who think finding a job is “very” difficult is 14 percentage points below the national average; the 47% who think it’s “somewhat” difficult is seven percentage points above the average. Opportunities seem to be there, yet requiring a little more effort than desired.
Length of time since last pay raise in New York
Observation: New York hygienists receive more timely raises than their peers in other states.
Most common hourly pay rates in New York
$26, $30, $31, $32, $35, $44, $45
Observation: New York City, of course, is in its own universe, so it’s important to observe that 34% of the responses came from the New York City metropolitan area, excluding New Jersey and Connecticut (see those states separately). There’s a solid line of common hourly rates stretching from $26 an hour to $45 an hour. A previous installment of the salary survey was devoted specifically to New York City (including the metropolitan area in New Jersey and Connecticut), and that can be viewed here: http://www.dentistryiq.com/content/dam/diq/online-articles/documents/2014/06/NewYork.pdf. Overall, though, the common rates cited above do reflect the whole state. The low end, of course, is below national averages; the high end is above the average rates in the country. New York is pretty diverse.
Descriptions of pay arrangements based on production or commission
- Bonus program based on total office production. If we are above goal for the month, then 18% of the overage is split among the staff and 82% goes back into the practice.
- $20 per hour base pay; $8.50 prophy and debridement; $5.50 per quad SRP; $4 perio probe
- 20% over $1,000 per day
- 35% of adjusted gross revenue
- .345 times the AGR (percentage of production for the day of what the insurance pays). For example, if my AGR for the day is $1,000, I would make $345.