2017 RDH eVillage Annual Salary Survey, part 3: Raises for part-time vs. full-time dental hygienists

Which dental hygienists were more likely to have earned a raise within the last year, those that work full-time or part-time? View the results and find more information about dental hygiene salaries here.

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Dental hygienists who work full time are more likely to have earned a raise within the last year than their part-time counterparts, according to the 2017 RDH eVillage Annual Salary Survey.

In many of the states profiled below, a greater percentage of full-time dental hygienists are more likely to be granted a pay raise, as well as possibly earn a bit more per hour than their part-time counterparts.

Overall, 2,108 dental hygienists participated in the survey. Only 636 (31%) received a raise within the last year. From a national perspective, 44% of the respondents work less than 29 hours a week, and 54% of dental hygienists work more than 30 hours a week.

RDH eVillage certainly heard from the 17% who indicated that they have not received a raise in more than five years.

A 52-year veteran from California said, “I will practice dental hygiene as long as my brain, hands, and body stay strong. I love dental hygiene. I love every day, but dental hygiene has not loved me back.”

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Another California respondent asked simply, “Are hygienists receiving raises in Orange County, California?” We don’t know about Orange County, but we do know that seven of 48 dental hygienists in Los Angeles metropolitan area got a raise within the last year.

In Washington state, a hygienist commented, “My doctor said he doesn't give raises because he doesn't get a raise with the higher cost of supplies and lower insurance reimbursement. We had a week of vacation taken away from us, and he owes the employees for a simple IRA where money was taken out of our checks but never sent to the investment company.”

A New Hampshire dental hygienist said improving skill sets hasn’t helped, reporting, “It's been nine years since my last raise. I have been practicing 15 years. It's very frustrating in that during the last nine years I have gone back for my bachelor's degree and received my certification for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. I still make the exact same as I did nine years ago.”

The states profiled below generally include states that offered at least 22–25 responses to offer a clearer understanding of full-time vs. part-time trends. The following states were grouped into regions below: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Alabama

68% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

57% are paid either $25 or $27 an hour

13% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

53% are paid either under $20 or $22 an hour

41%% received pay raise within last year

Alaska: See West region below

Arkansas: See Southeast region below

Arizona

55% of respondents reported they work less than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

65% are paid either $37 or $40 an hour

21% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

53% are paid either $38 or $40 an hour

20% received pay raise within last year

California

59% of respondents reported they work fewer than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

39% are paid either $45 or $50 an hour

21% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

41% are paid either $48 or $50 an hour

27% received pay raise within last year

Colorado

60% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

25% are paid $42 an hour; 38% are paid either $35, $38, or $40 an hour

36% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

53% are paid either $40 or $42 an hour

46% received pay raise within last year

Connecticut

57% of respondents reported they work fewer than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

35% are paid either $40 or $41 an hour

11% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

33% are paid either $40 or $41 an hour

18% received pay raise within last year

Delaware: See Northeast region below

Florida

62% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

30% are paid either $34 or $35 an hour

29% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

36% are paid either $30 or $34 an hour

29% received pay raise within last year

Georgia

60% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

47% are paid either $30 or $32 an hour

40% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

39% are paid either $29, $33 or $40 an hour

25% received pay raise within last year

Hawaii: See West region below

Idaho: See West region below

Illinois

52% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

44% are paid either $35, $38, or $40 an hour

36% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

21% are paid either $35 or $38 an hour

33% received pay raise within last year

Indiana

51% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

54% are paid either $30, $31, or $32 an hour

18% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

52% are paid either $34 to $37 an hour range

43% received pay raise within last year

Iowa

55% of respondents reported they work less than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

60% are paid either $34, $40, or $42 an hour

42% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

44% are paid either $29 or $33 an hour

50% received pay raise within last year

Kansas: See Midwest region below

Kentucky

57% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

63% are paid either $30 or $31 an hour

33% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

58% are paid $30 to $33 an hour

31% received pay raise within last year

Louisiana: See southeast region below

Maine: See northeast region below

Maryland

52% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

50% are paid either $40, $41, or $43 an hour

38% received pay raise within last two years

More than 30 hours a week

48% are paid $41, $42, or $45 an hour

31% received pay raise within last year

Massachusetts

54% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

43% are paid either $38 or $40 an hour

23% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

42% are paid $41 or $42 an hour

33% received pay raise within last year

Michigan

60% of respondents reported they work less than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

49% are paid in the $30 to $33 an hour pay range

25% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

53% are paid in the $30 to $32 an hour pay range

45% received pay raise within last year

Minnesota

64% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

30% are paid either $34 or $36 an hour

19% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

35% are paid in the $36 to $38 an hour pay range

49% received pay raise within last year

Mississippi: See southeast region below

Missouri

59% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

29% are paid $36 an hour; 35% are paid either $30 or $32 an hour

12% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

44% are paid either $30, $33, $36, or $39 an hour

33% received pay raise within last year

Montana: See West region below

Nebraska: See Midwest region below

Nevada: See West region below

New Hampshire: See Northeast region below

New Jersey

52% of respondents reported they work less than 29 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

69% are paid either $40, $42, or $45 an hour

30% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

57% are paid in the $40 to $44 an hour pay range.

23% received pay raise within last year

New Mexico: See West region below

New York

54% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

41% are paid either $40 or $42 an hour

31% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

22% are paid either $32 or $42 an hour; 19% are paid either $33 or $38 an hour

27% received pay raise within last year

North Carolina

63% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

56% are paid either $32 or $33 an hour

17% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

40% are paid either $35 or $38 an hour

40% received pay raise within last year

North Dakota: See Midwest region below

Ohio

50% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

45% are paid in the $32 to $34 an hour pay range

32% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

51% are paid either $30, $32, or $35 an hour

23% received pay raise within last year

Oklahoma: See Midwest region below

Oregon

52% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

32% are paid either $38 or $40 an hour

41% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

24% are paid $38 an hour; 36% are paid either $36, $37, or $42 an hour

50% received pay raise within last year

Pennsylvania

54% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

37% are paid either $28, $35, or $37 an hour

35% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

26% are paid either $35 or $38 an hour

34% received pay raise within last year

Rhode Island: See Northeast region below

South Carolina

77% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week

Under 29 hours a week

60% are paid either $30 or $35 an hour

33% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

67% are paid either $27, $28, or $29 an hour

30% received pay raise within last year

South Dakota: See Midwest region below

Tennessee

62% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

60% are paid either $30, $32, or $34 an hour

10% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

40% are paid either $30 or $38 an hour

19% received pay raise within last year

Texas

70% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

48% are paid either $37 or $40 an hour

26% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

49% are paid either $35, $36, or $38 an hour

26% received pay raise within last year

Utah: See West region below

Vermont: See Northeast region below

Virginia

56% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

35% are paid either $40 or $42 an hour

0% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

39% are paid either $35, $40, or $41 an hour

36% received pay raise within last year

Washington

57% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

47% are paid either $46, $47, or $48 an hour

27% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

33% are paid either $45 or $46 an hour

20% received pay raise within last year

West Virginia: See Southeast region below

Wisconsin

55% of respondents reported they work more than 30 hours a week.

Under 29 hours a week

34% are paid either $35 or $37 an hour

44% received pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

33% are paid either $32 or $36 an hour

56% received pay raise within last year

Wyoming: See West region below

Northeast region

(Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

Under 29 hours a week

43% are paid either $36 or $38 an hour

28% received a pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

26% are paid either $38 or $40 an hour

38% received a pay raise within last year

Southeast region

(Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia)

Under 29 hours a week

50% are paid either $26 or $34 an hour

17% received a pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

47% are paid either $26, $30, or $37 an hour

38% received a pay raise within last year

Midwest region

(Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota)

Under 29 hours a week

48% are paid either $33, $35, or $40 an hour

33% received a pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

41% are paid either $30, $31, $32, or $40 an hour

42% received a pay raise within last year

West region

(Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming)

Under 29 hours a week

22% are paid $40 an hour; either $33, $35, or $40 an hour; 27% are paid either $32, $35, or $45 an hour.

29% received a pay raise within last year

More than 30 hours a week

39% are paid either $32, $37, $38, or $45 an hour

44% received a pay raise within last year

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