What benefits dentists are offering to dental hygienists, assistants

Offering increased starting pay rates, paid time off and retirement plans are the three most commonly offered benefits for dental hygienist and dental assistant applicants over the past two years, according to a poll from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

More than 30% of dentists are currently or recently were recruiting dental hygienists and dental assistants, according to the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" survey from December.

Due to the high levels of difficulty recruiting staff, practice owners have had to offer more benefits to applicants. 

Here is the percentage of practice owners who offered specific benefits to dental hygienist and dental assistant applicants in 2022 and 2023:

Starting pay rate increased from prior year

2022: 84.2% 

2023: 90.9%

Retirement plan

2022: 75.8% 

2023: 77.7%

Health insurance

2022: 48.3% 

2023: 49.7%

Sign-on bonus

2022: 7.1% 

2023: 8.9%

Paid time off

2022: 84% 

2023: 86.8%

Changed hours to meet applicants' needs

2022: 44.5% 

2023: 55.8%


2022: 6.3% 

2023: 6.9%

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