Traditionally, salary and benefits articles printed in trade publications often are the most well-read and requested articles. For the survey below to be successful, however, we need your participation.
To participate in the 1999 survey, simply fill in the blank or circle the appropriate response for each question on pages 27 and 28. To let us know what your answers are, choose one of the options listed at the end of the survey.
Please return the survey by June 18, 1999. And thanks for participating. The results will be published in the October 1999 issue.
1.) In what state do you practice? ________________
2.) Gender:  Female  Male
3.) In what age group do you belong?
 under 25  26-30  31-35
 36-40  41-45  46-50
 older than 50
4.) How many years have you been a licensed hygienist?
 1-5 years  6-10 years  11-15 years
 16-20 years  21-25 years  more than 25 years
5.) Of which professional dental associations are you a member?
 American Dental Hygienists` Association (including state society)
 American Dental Association (auxiliary membership)
 I`m a former ADHA member
 I have never belonged to an association
 Other associations (no abbreviations, please)
6.) How would you describe your primary employer?
 General dentist
 Government/public health
 I am a self-employed hygienist
 College or other dental education facility
 Dental manufacturer
 Nondental occupation
7.) As a clinical hygienist, do you view yourself as working:
 part-time  full-time
8.) Estimate the percentage of your annual income that is earned as a clinical dental hygienist.
 100 percent  75 to 99 percent
 50 to 74 percent  25 to 49 percent
 less than 25 percent
9.) How would you describe the area where you work?
 Rural  Suburban  Urban
10.) In how many dental practices do you work?
 One  Two
 Three  Four or more
11.) How many hygienists work in the dental practice(s) that employs you?
 Just yourself
 One other part-time or full-time hygienist
 Two other part-time or full-time hygienists
 Three to five hygienists
 More than five hygienists
12.) Approximately how many hours a week do you personally practice?
 Under 11 hours  11-15 hours
 16-20 hours  21-25 hours
 26-30 hours  31-35 hours
 36-40 hours  More than 40 hours
13.) What is the average amount of time typically scheduled for one of your healthy adult patients?
 Less than 30 minutes
 30 minutes
 45 minutes
 One hour
14.) What do you estimate your total income as a dental hygienist will be in 1999?
15.) Does your employer pay you by (please write in rate, salary, or percent of production in the appropriate blank at the right side of column):
 Hourly rate $_________
 Daily rate $_________
 Fixed annual salary $_________
 Commission ________%
 Hourly or daily rate, $_________ plus________% commision (or profit sharing)
16.) Are you generally satisfied with the income you earn as a dental hygienist?
 Yes  No
17.) How many weeks of paid vacation do you receive each year?
 None  One week  Two weeks
 Three weeks  Four weeks or more
18.) How many paid holidays do you receive each year?
 None  one or two holidays
 Three to seven holidays  more than seven holidays
19.) In terms of health insurance, are you and your dependents covered by:
 An employer-provided managed-care plan
 An employer-provided traditional 80/20 plan (or similar deductible, including 70/30)
 Not covered by any plan (skip ahead to question #21)
 Covered by other family member`s plan, such as a spouse`s benefits (Note: Check this response only if your employer offers a plan, but you prefer coverage under another family member`s plan; if your employer does not offer health insurance benefits, please circle #3.)
 Other ______________________________________
20.) Do your employer-provided medical benefits cover dependents?
 Yes  No
21.) Does your employer provide a:
 Pension plan
 401(k) program
 Profit-sharing program
22.) What portion of licensure renewal and continuing education does your employer pay for? (circle all that apply)
 Pays for my licensure renewal
 Pays for continuing-education courses I take
 Pays for travel expenses to CE courses
23.) Are you generally satisfied with the employer benefits you receive as a dental hygienist?
 Yes  No
24.) Do you view clinical dental hygiene as a life-long career?
 No. Clinical hygiene is more of a transition to another career.
 No. The flexibility of clinical hygiene allows me to pursue other interests, such as family, while earning some income.
25.) When (or if) you`ve "retired" from clinical dental hygiene, what do you think will be (or were) the primary reasons? (circle all that apply):
 The happiness of the "golden years"
 Occupational injury
 Lack of upward mobility
 Other opportunities are more financially enticing
 Problems obtaining licensure
 Parenting duties
 Unhappy with dental employers
 Issues involving cross-contamination of diseases
 None of the above
Any final comments about trends regarding salaries or benefits in the dental hygiene profession?
Return this survey to RDH by:
- Mail: RDH, attn: Laura DeShazer, P.O. Box 3306, Tulsa, OK 74101
- Fax: (918) 831-9804. Please do not fax and then mail your answers.
- E-mail: [email protected]. Make sure your answers are numbered and clearly correspond with the related questions.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. Survey results will be published in the October 1999 issue.