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What’s your pay? Do you get any benefits? Did you negotiate what the dentist initially offered or take his/her offer? Where do you live?



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I make $32/hr with a 5% increase every year and top at $40. I get 3 weeks paid vacation 12 sick days a year and 11 paid holidays. $2400 yearly bonus and $450 uniform allowance. I have medical/dental/vison insurance and 401K. I work 5 days a week 6am-2pm Monday-Friday with seven patients a day. I love my job!

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I am paid a daily rate of $400/day, or $50/hr @8 hrs per day. This is the going rate for where I live, so I did not negotiate. I felt this was fair, especially since at the time, 1 year ago, I had only been working as a hygienist for one year. I live in the San Fransisco Bay Area, in Benicia CA.

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I am in the Portland, ME area and I currently am at $33+ an hour. The job market is saturated and there just arent any positions available. I had my hours cut to part time 6 months ago and havent been able to find any other positions since. When I was full time I did have medical insurance which I lost when I was cut to part time. I also was denied a raise this year and last year when I received a raise it was the first one in 4 years. Its really becoming a hard profession to stick with because of the market saturation.

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I have been at my office 5 years and make 31.50 per hr in Kansas. I started at $30/hr. We get free health insurance, 2 weeks pd vacation, holidays, no sick pay. It is pretty saturated statewide here also. Lots of new hygienists willing to work for $25 an hour!

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$30 an hour in Georgia, 2 days sick pay, 2 week vacation. Been there 30yr and haven’t had a raise in 6 yrs . Not sure what the going rate is now, but like others have said ..jobs hard to come by and lots available hygienist out there.

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$45 hour with 10 days pd vacation, holidays, free dental for myself and family, paid CE’s, medical ins or $350 month extra if opt out of ins due to spouse having it. 401k with Dr matching first 5%. Great staff, I’ve been there for 13 years. Oregon gas limited access permit and expanded function restorative.

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Sue yes we do anesthetic. Not restorative.

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Im in San Diego.. practicing for 2 years, I returned to my office I assisted at, the Dr and I have been working together for 10 years.. I make $45/hr or $350/day and $5 commission on every laser treatment I sell, I work Mon-Thurs, no vacation/sick/holiday pay.. I have a 401k with profit share and no health insurance benefits.. I’m planning on negotiating 5 paid holidays… $45/hr is the going rate paid for temps in this area..

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I’m getting 45/hr no benefits … This was the suggested wage by my boss so I took it . It ranges from 40-50 ish in alberta

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I’m a new grad (May 2013, licensed in July) in Panama City, FL and landed a great job with amazing staff for $200/day. It’s a part time (3 days/week) position but as a brand new hygienist and especially in this area, I am told and came to the conclusion that the pay is really good. I also work an hour away on Mondays in an as needed position for 40% commission. I’ve heard that that is a great percentage as well. I typically see at least 3 patients to make my drive worth while however most patients decline annual radiographs and I see a lot of new patients for gross debridement. The office is very old and out if date so I think they try to make up for it with the compensation.

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$45 and hour with benefits and a lot of working through lunch due to constant running late.

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I am in south jersey and I am $37

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I make 45 per hr and live in ma. This is on the higher end for my area. Jobs are difficult to find now and I have been at mine for about 5 years. I started at 38 and eventually went up by asking for raises after getting local certification etc. If I were to leave I would likely be making a lot less as I have seen job postings for pt positions starting at 32 in my area!

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I make $32 per hour, in Tennessee, been there 8 years, only 2 raises. No raise this year! 2 weeks paid vacation, no sick pay. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid!!

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I make $240 a day ($30 an hour), but I only work 3 days and I may look to see if I can do subbing on the other two days. I love the office and the staff. It is not a large practice (1 doctor, 1 assistant, 1 front desk/OM, and 2 hygienist)..I am in Central Florida.

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I’m in Texas I make 35 an hour 3 days a week no benefits but I love the office and hours 7-3 tues weds thur! If I need extra money I just work agency at 35 an hour as well I’m a new graduate (May 2013)

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I need to move! $22/hr no benefits with 3 years experience and its an accellerated assisted hygiene office.

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Hoosier, does your state have hygienists doing anesthetic or restorative?

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Hoosier, $22.00 does seem low. Is that the going rate in your area? If not, you may want to see what is and press your boss for a raise.

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The going rate is a little higher but my boss refuses to give me a raise. Thats why I am considering relocation. I have offers from 2 other offices and they each offered me $34/hour but they are far away.

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As a Houston temp I make $38 per hr. Most of my friends average $35/$36 at their full time positions. Although, I do have a friend who graduated last year and makes $39.

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Kansas City area (on the Kansas side). $36/hr 3 weeks paid vaca and an up to 3% matching for 401K

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Hoosier, do you mind saying what area of Indiana you’re in? I’m in Indiana as well, making $26/hr. The other wages on here seem crazy good! Although I know COL makes a difference.

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Don’t move to Alabama. I’ve worked for this office 22 yrs and only make $21.00. Haven’t had a raise in 3 years. Love my job and can’t move at this point in my life and shouldn’t have to. I get two weeks vacation, which is good and benefits toward my 401k. I think and should at the very least make $25.00. Myself and the other hygienist in my area all think we should make more. They pay the temps around $23 hourly.

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Niagara Falls, NY $25/hr , 401K with 10% of my annual put in by the DDS, uniforms included, free dental for my entire family and my parents, CE included. been there 8 years I am not the highest paid of my RDH friends by far…However, I love my work environment. I have a female DDS who is very family oriented, and when my daughter is ill,or has a day off from school, I can bring her to work, if I want to , I am the only RDH there…Family comes first…and I am willing to give up a few $ more/hr for a GREAT work place!

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I make $46/hour, 2 weeks paid vacation (8days), 4 days sick/year, 401k, medical (I pay 25%). I have been in this office 8 years. I used to get 3 weeks vacation/year and medical was paid in full by doctor. Times have changed 🙁 Also, I haven’t had a raise in 6 years. I am licenced in anesthetic and restorative. I live in the Seattle area.

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I’m in a very rural area in PA. Recent hygiene grad (2012) Started out at $28. Within two months I was put at $30/hr. Been there 1.5 years no change. I get two weeks paid vaca. One week sick. Paid holidays. $200 a year for scrub allowance. 401k option. We work 32-38 hours a week. Three day weekend every week. Free dental care to husband/wife/kids. No medical or insurances.

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I make $31/hour. I have been at this office for 4 years. I also have 3 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, paid CE’s, 3% IRA match, short term disability and I get an extra $365/month for insurance that I do not take. I work 4 days/week 9 hour days. I work in VT and comparatively I make less an hour than other hygienists I know but I also have a lot of benefits that they do not have. I do not have to clock out when my schedule is light or I have a no-show, and as long as I can find stuff to do I can stay the entire shift regardless of holes in the schedule.

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I’m in Cleveland Ohio. Pay is 28.00 per hour. No benefits. No extras. Been practicing since 1995. Started at 18.00 per hour. Capped out at 28.00 per hour. Difficult to get more when 30 hygienists are graduating locally every 6 months and will work for much less.

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I live near Seattle and I have 6 years experience, work 4 days a week and make $47 an hour plus dental/medical, 401k and profit sharing with 2 weeks paid vacation and 1 week sick leave also paid. Only 2 paid holidays per year. I have an awesome boss and great staff to work with so I consider myself lucky as there are not many jobs out there.

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Central florida $200/perday base pay or commission which ever is greater. Commission is a tier scale 30%-35% based on what you produce. No holiday or sick days. No vacation. 401k up to 6% and health benefits offered. Free dental. Commission averages out to usually $300-350 per day based on the season. (Summers are slow) always get paid no matter if patient shows. Don’t take xrays or do exams just straight hygiene.

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Santa Rosa, CA – paid $51 hourly with no benefits. Only working two days per week.

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Trained (pre-licensure) at $17.50; began per-diem @ $32 – If I ever become FT, I take a pay cut to get the benefits, but they are GOOD benefits!

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$36/hour +weekly bonus, 401k w/ matching up to 3%, 1 set of uniforms every other year, free dental for immediate family, paid holidays, 2 weeks paid vacation, Christmas bonus worth a day’s pay. Dallas, Texas. I have 12 years experience and have been at this office for 6 years. I’ve only had one raise. I work through lunch and stay late a lot. I’m afraid I will make a lot less if I ever find a new position.

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Central NJ. I’m currently at $42/hr, no health benefits. Two weeks of vacation, plus paid holidays and my boss also provides scrubs cleaned by an outside company.

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Spokane, WA. 35/hour right out of college – no experience.

36/hour after 6 months and other hygienist retired, making me head hygienist

after a year of work 4 days paid vacation
1200/year for dental service in office
Dr. pays 75% medical premium
paid holiday

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I’m in Michigan and make $30/hr. Ten years experience, all at the same office. We do get two weeks of paid vacation a year, but that’s about it. No medical, no 401K, nothing. I need a new job I guess! The difficulty other hygienists I know have had finding jobs, especially anything with benefits, has been discouraging. I went to U of M, and still live in the area. We also have University of Detroit Mercy and community colleges nearby graduating enough new hygienists each year that I get nervous about looking for something new. The lack of benefits has been enough to get me to SERIOUSLY consider changing careers.

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