COMP News – The dental industry, like many others, is facing enormous challenges with staffing in 2022. DentalPost, the industry’s leading online job board, has released a survey regarding salary expectations and talent retention among dental employees.

Over 13,000 dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental practice front office team members responded to questions about salaries, compensation, bonuses, benefits and work conditions in their dental teams and offices. 

Some of the most critical findings from the survey regard employee wages and turnover risk potential.

Some examples include:

  • 27% of responding dental assistants said they planned to look for a new job within the next year.
  • Dentists are working harder than last year, with 18% working more than 40 hours a week and only 11% planning to retire next year.
  • Overall industry wages have increased.

DentalPost CEO and founder Tonya Lanthier said during an interview with Business Wire, “So much has changed for the dental industry in the last year, and many dental professionals are wondering if the grass is greener on the other side.

Dentists across the country should be looking for ways to retain their top workers or be ready to pay top dollar to replace them should they leave.

Lanthier expands on this further saying:

“Practice owners who stay current on market rates will win the recruiting game and will be at less risk for employee turnover. In addition to this salary survey report, DentalPost will continue to provide ongoing data-driven guidance around some of the less tangible aspects of employee engagement, including satisfaction and sentiment.”

To read more about DentalPost’s Dental Salary survey, click here.

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