More than half of dentists have offered dental assistants, hygienists pay raises: report

A large percentage of dentists offered dental assistants and hygienists raises in the past year as staff recruitment continues to be a top priority at practices nationwide, according to a June poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. More than 1,200 dentists were polled, though not every question yielded that many responses, according to the institute.

Five notes: 

  1. About 4 in 10 dentists reported they had recently or were currently recruiting dental assistants and dental hygienists as of June, with dental hygienists being the most challenging to recruit.
  2. Eight out of 10 dentists reported issuing pay raises for their staff in the past year. 
  3. The most common recent pay increases ranged between 4 percent and 6 percent.
  4. The most common benefits offered to employees include dental benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays and retirement savings.
  5. Fewer than half of dentists provide health insurance to their employees and 1 and 5 offer paid leave.

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