Job benefits survey, part 3: New England

Job benefit statistics in dental hygiene for New England states

Connecticut

Who responded: 33 total, including19 full-time hygienists
Paid holidays: 37% are off with pay for six holidays; 26% enjoy five paid holidays off; and additional 11% have seven paid holidays.
Paid vacation: 63% have three weeks or more off each year; 16% have two weeks of paid vacation each year; and 11% enjoy one week. 32% said vacation leave is a standard policy that does not increase with years of service.
Paid sick leave: Up to five days (56%); up to 10 days (6%); up to 15 days (0%); more than 15 days (6%). 33% said they do not receive paid sick days. Of the 67% receiving paid sick days, 33% said they are paid a cash equivalent for unused days.
Continuing education: 22% are reimbursed for all CE costs. Tuition is reimbursed for 50%, but not other expenses. 28% of dental hygienists pay all of own CE expenses. 58% are paid their salary for CE on regularly scheduled workdays.
Uniforms: Employers provide uniforms or scrubs for 35% of respondents.

Other benefits received (individual comments about specific benefits “important” to respondent):

  • Discounted dental care for family members, and myself. Employer pays all CE courses, and transports us to the meetings. Matches contributions to my 401k
  • Two office dinners a year at five-star restaurants.

Maine

Who responded: Seven full-time hygienists out of 11 total
Other benefits received (individual comments about specific benefits “important” to respondent):

  • My family is provided with free dental care as well as myself. We only are required to pay any lab fees.
  • Flexibility in schedule, if I must change schedule due to sick child

Massachusetts

Who responded: 37 full-time hygienists out of 71 total
Paid holidays: 19% are off with pay for five holidays; and 14% said they are paid for seven holidays.
Paid vacation: 57% have three or more weeks off each year; 24% have two weeks of paid vacation each year; and 5% enjoy one week. 39% said vacation leave is a standard policy that does not increase with years of service.
Paid sick leave: Up to five days (56%); up to 10 days (6%); up to 15 days (0%); more than 15 days (0%). 39% said they do not receive paid sick days. Of the 61% receiving paid sick days, 23% said they are paid a cash equivalent for unused days.
Continuing education: 23% are reimbursed for all CE costs. Tuition is reimbursed for 37%, but not other expenses. 40% of dental hygienists pay all of own CE expenses. 38% are paid their salary for CE on regularly scheduled workdays.
Uniforms: Employers provide uniforms or scrubs for 53% of respondents.

Other benefits received (individual comments about specific benefits “important” to respondent):

  • Encouragement to take courses regarding new techniques or products available.
  • Annual bonus
  • End of year bonus, a week’s pay
  • Great work atmosphere, the trust of the boss, bonuses
  • Uniform laundry allowance
  • State license is paid for

New Hampshire

Who responded: Six full-time hygienists out of 15 total
Other benefits received (individual comments about specific benefits “important” to respondent):

  • Maximum 401k participation by office.
  • I work for a public health school-based program and have flexibility in my schedule. ADHA membership is covered.

Rhode Island

Who responded: 14 full-time hygienists out of 19 total
Paid holidays: 29% are off with pay for nine holidays; 14% said they are paid for six holidays; and 14% enjoy five paid holidays each year.
Paid vacation: 36% have three or more weeks off each year; 29% have two weeks of paid vacation each year; and 29% enjoy one week. 64% said vacation leave is a standard policy that does not increase with years of service.
Paid sick leave: Up to five days (29%); up to 10 days (14%); up to 15 days (0%); more than 15 days (0%). 57% said they do not receive paid sick days. Of the 43% receiving paid sick days, 25% said they are paid a cash equivalent for unused days.
Continuing education: 9% are reimbursed for all CE costs. Tuition is reimbursed for 18%, but not other expenses. 73% of dental hygienists pay all of own CE expenses. 21% are paid their salary for CE on regularly scheduled workdays.
Uniforms: Employers provide uniforms or scrubs for 0% of respondents.

Other benefits received (individual comments about specific benefits “important” to respondent):

  • She paid for my class for local anesthesia which was $1000. We get a Christmas party and gift the same one every year, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Christmas bonus.

Vermont

Who responded: One full-time hygienist out of three total

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