Our survey was created to get a snapshot of wages and desired wages in Colorado. While the rising cost of living in Colorado has put a significant burden on everyone, several dental offices expressed concerns with lower insurance reimbursements, overhead costs, downtime productivity of staff members, and the inability to compete with corporate offices for prices and equipment.
One of the most common concerns heard from RDH’s is about benefits; however, our survey concludes that 86% of hygienists are receiving benefits. Perhaps it’s not the lack of benefits, but the desire for those benefits to be different? When asked about benefits, the most common themes included; wanting a 401k, money for continued education, and additional paid time off. With the recent increase in RDH’s working as independent contractors, one cannot help but wonder if it is in response to the desire to have more PTO or options to have more time off.
Being a registered dental hygienist is a demanding job. And owning a dental practice is also a demanding job. Both have a responsibility to the patient’s health and the success of a practice. As an RDH, are you contributing to the success of your dental practice? And as a dental office, do you have the foundation to integrate your dental hygienist into your dental team?
Stay tuned for how RDH’s and dental offices can collaborate.