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Hi everyone! I am curious to know others opinions on this even though I’m aware that all offices are very different. I work for a dentist that has never had a hygienist (he bought the practice when my former dr retired and i came with the office). Hes a great dr and we are fee for service in Ny. I am the only hygienist. I make 40$ an hr plus health benefits, personal/sick days, and paid holidays (for the holidays that fall on our work days, and i make 5$ commission on fluoride tx and arestin. I have been with this dr going on 6 yrs and have never gotten a raise. In the past the excuse was that my health benefits cost more each yr and that production was down. Last yr he made the commission deal with me – which kept me quiet for a bit .. but now im getting frustrated again. This is his first ‘real staff’, as his wife was his front desk and he had one assistant that never asked for anything. I go in and get paid for the entire day even if its slow, so i receive the same amount every week no matter how slow or busy i am. My schedule is definitely spotty on a regular basis because we are in an area with alot of dentists and we are fee for service. Yet, we have all the latest technology and he won’t bat an eye when buying the latest digital impressions or electric handpieces. None of the 3 employees that ‘came with’ the practice have gotten a raise since he took it over. We are all kinda at a loss with what to do and i was looking for ideas etc. I do have hour appts normally but i do alot in the hour and he seems to be adding more little by little. The job market here right now is basically non existent , but i love this job aside from the raise issue ! Help !



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I would go onto your state’s employment department and see what the average hourly rate is for where you live. If you are below average, I would use that in your request. Also, track your production for a couple of months…It is always good to go in with the facts to support your request. Good luck!! 🙂

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You are in a good situation, in my opinion. I’ve never been offered health benefits let alone sick days! However, inflation and cost of living always goes up. Like Sue Halverson said, track your production. You should be making 35% of what you bring in. Then check your state’s bureau of labor or employment agency websites for occupational breakdown of wages and see if the numbers match up. Don’t hesitate to print these documents (wage breakdown from the state and your production numbers) and show them to your boss if the numbers don’t match up. It’s very hard to bring this up, as job openings are so scarce, but you should be making what you are worth regardless. Remember you are a highly trained professional and deserve to get paid what you are worth! Good luck!

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