4 common compensation models for dental associates

There are four common compensation models used for associate dentists in the industry, according to the American Dental Association. 

Each model has a different payment structure, and it is important to know the models when evaluating a job offer and contract terms. 

Here are four common compensation models:

1. Straight salary: Dentists earn a fixed amount for services. May be specified as monthly, weekly or daily in the contract. 

2. Salary-plus: Combines base salary with commission based on productivity/gross billings.

3. Straight commission: Pay is based only on fees and revenue generated from the dentist's services. Uses either total production, adjusted/billable production, or the net amount the practice receives from the dentist's billings. 

4. Net profit: A dentist is compensated on total billings for services provided minus any expenses specified in the contract. Common expenses include lab fees, provider discounts or overhead. 

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