Most dentists (81%) paying their dental hygienists a base hourly wage. Only 19% say their dental hygienist payment includes commission.
“Hygienists are a critical aspect of any practice,” said one prosthodontist who pays on commission.
“Hourly wages are unfair; the dentist takes all the risk,” said a pediatric dentist. “I continually have to remind my hygienists to utilize downtime constructively for something other than ‘dusting’ their workspaces. But in past when I paid on commission, I tended to lose my dental hygiene staff during downtime.”
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