BC wage for dental hygiene

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RDH in Vancouver, British Columbia

62 months ago

waterbug100 in Nanaimo, British Columbia said: Hotta...please don't send anyone on a wild goose chase. There are no more jobs outside Vancouver than inside Vancouver. You are completely mistaken if you think there are...unless you know, specifically, something that I don't.

The DDS saturation on the island is ridiculous..I think we have more DDS per capita than anywhere in Canada..for exactly the reasons you stated. Everyone wants to come here. From north end to the south. There is a mistaken belief that we are an under served area...quite the contrary.

The big difference is..there are only so many patients..Vancouver would have a much larger patient pool potential than we have.

So, what I'm trying to say is..please don't mislead people into thinking there are any jobs in the outlying areas in BC., on the island, interior..even up north..there just are NO jobs, period.

And to advise a new grad to work for nothing less than $40.00 per hour is unrealistic. I know hygienists that have taken pay cuts to keep their jobs - under $40.00..and they're experienced. So $40.00 is way out of line for a new grad.

I disagree that 40/hr is out of line for a new grad. Hygienists should make around 30% of their total production.

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waterbug100 in Nanaimo, British Columbia

62 months ago

RDH in Vancouver...I think hygienists are going to make whatever the MARKET dictates....whether YOU disagree or not.

And if you READ my post...I'm not saying what a hygienist should or shouldn't make...the point I was trying to get across is...today's MARKET won't tolerate any absolutes...NO ONE can say, absolutely, what a hygienist should or should not make, whether ANYONE likes it or not.

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exp in Exeter, New Hampshire

62 months ago

P.S. to Waterbug's comment.....RDH's make what the Dr.'s offer, not negotiable at this time and probably not again in our future... If you think you can go to an interview and say you want $40. an hour, ben's , certain days and hours, etc...whatever you want to work...you are in la, la land....truth now is, we as professionals don't have the upperhand, due to the oversaturation of our field....and it continues, since many want to learn the HARD way....

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stacey walker in La Puente, California

60 months ago

shutterbut in Niagara Falls, Ontario said: is forming a union possible? i know that it is mandatory for actors in the states to be in their union. if actors can get their acts together, we should be able to as well. can we not control hygienists minimum wage and working conditions if we were to form a mandatory union? and possibly have the benefits of health insurance and pension plans?

i apologize if this seems like a stupid question, but i really don't understand how other less educated (this does not imply less intelligent) people are able to form unions and protect themselves but hygienists seem to be struggling and at the mercy of any group that decides they want to abuse us.

just my two cents

I agree!! I have been a dental hygienist for 14 years and I have been abused by dentists. Most, but not all will lowball you and not pay benefits. In my experience I only had one job with benefits. There was another job in new mexico with a wonderful dentist who really respected what I did. On the whole I love my job but felt that I was being taken advantage of.
stacey

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niche711 in Vancouver, British Columbia

58 months ago

Does anybody know if there are DH seminar reviews in BC? I plan to take the dental hygiene board and need that review. I appreciate your reply.

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unemployed RDH in Surrey, British Columbia

58 months ago

hi! i have been searching for employment for a couple of months now and it seems there are just way too many hygienists out there now... if i had known i would never had chosen this career path cos its been really rough finding employment here.. I managed to get into the Local anesthetic course at UBC and i thought i would have an emplyer by now as part of the course is to have an emplyer so that you can observe them administer LA and practice yourself under their supervision. However i do not have an emplyer and need to find a dentist who will be willing to help me out and let me observe them in practice. If anyone knows of a dentist willing to let me observe them please let me know... i would volunteer to temp in their office last minute if need be? if i dont find someone within this week i lose the course fees and get withdrawn. :(

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Jennifer in Burnaby, British Columbia

58 months ago

waterbug100 in Nanaimo, British Columbia said: Jennifer...you were VERY lucky, and I'm curious as to where in BC you found these positions? As I'm sure many BC hygienists are..

Hi Waterbug, I am currently in Burnaby BC and I love everything except the ridiculously high living costs (my friend just paid 750k for a 2 bedroom appartment!) I really like the dentists that I'm working for. So far, it's the patients that are giving me trouble (don't want to pay etc). I really think that finding employment has alot to do with your personality and skill. There's definitely jobs out there. In fact, one of the offices that I worked for hired 2 new hygienists in the last month. I'm not sure what the pay is for them, but it should be reasonable as they seem very happy. I think people need to put things into perspective. A hygiene degree nowadays no longer means stable employment and a close to 6 figure salary. My bf is a highschool teacher and he doesn't make close to what I'm making right now. He works more hours and has been in school longer (4 year undergrad, 2 years working as a sub). I really think we should be grateful for what we have and not spend all our time complaining. Good luck to the rest of the grads out there and remember, don't give up!

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dean in Toronto, Ontario

57 months ago

shutterbut in Niagara Falls, Ontario said: is forming a union possible? i know that it is mandatory for actors in the states to be in their union. if actors can get their acts together, we should be able to as well. can we not control hygienists minimum wage and working conditions if we were to form a mandatory union? and possibly have the benefits of health insurance and pension plans?

i apologize if this seems like a stupid question, but i really don't understand how other less educated (this does not imply less intelligent) people are able to form unions and protect themselves but hygienists seem to be struggling and at the mercy of any group that decides they want to abuse us.

just my two cents

hi shutter bug i would like to speak to you about your concerns
dean del_mac@yahoo.com

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shutterbug in Niagara Falls, Ontario

57 months ago

dean in Toronto, Ontario said: hi shutter bug i would like to speak to you about your concerns
dean del_mac@yahoo.com

hi dean,
feel free to email me...laughuntilithurts@gmail.com

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Kelowna in Kelowna, British Columbia

45 months ago

So, If i were to go to Vancouver to say VCC or VCDH and do a 2 year or 18 month program after completing my year of university courses, would it be difficult for me to find a job? Not taking into account market saturation or anything, but just with those credentials. Both are accredited schools and both allow me to take the national exam, but is there any point in me taking either of them? Or should i just apply to UBC and take the 4 years..

Also, based on the fact that I'm a male, how hard do you think it would be for me to find a job?

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Kelowna in Kelowna, British Columbia

45 months ago

So, If i were to go to Vancouver to say VCC or VCDH and do a 2 year or 18 month program after completing my year of university courses, would it be difficult for me to find a job? Not taking into account market saturation or anything, but just with those credentials. Both are accredited schools and both allow me to take the national exam, but is there any point in me taking either of them? Or should i just apply to UBC and take the 4 years..

Also, based on the fact that I'm a male, how hard do you think it would be for me to find a job?

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Surrey in Vancouver, British Columbia

45 months ago

I would avoid DH career all together, I graduated from VCDH two years ago, and still looking for job. 70% of my class mates have already moved on to different career. I even applied Kelowna, Quesnel, Prince George, William Lake, Kamloops etc. no jobs. Hopefully that explains.

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Rita in Windsor, Ontario

45 months ago

Hi..Did you graduate from the UBC dental hygiene program.. I was wondering was it hard getting admitted. What are the chances of getting accepted with a 80 average from highschool?

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canuckgrl13 in Victoria, British Columbia

44 months ago

Im making 45 an hour but that is not the norm out here anymore...

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dental hygienist1 in gatineau, Quebec

39 months ago

Hi Jennifer in Burnaby, I'm from Quebec and I would like to see the possibility to contact you.

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dental hygienist1 in gatineau, Quebec

39 months ago

Jennifer in Montreal, Quebec said: The saturation is not THAT bad in BC. I'm planning to move there this June and have already found employment. I sent out about 25 resumes and had 4 phone interviews. I will be working 40 h/week, albiet at 3 different offices. My compensationi s 45$/h with no benefits. Still alot better than what I would have been offered in Quebec. Honestly, you guys are making the situation sound ALOT worse than it really is. There are jobs available, you just have to LOOK. Some of them are not advertised, so it's a good idea to send your resume to as many offices as you can.

Hi Jennifer in Burnaby, I'm from Quebec and I would like to see the possibility to contact you.

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1 in Surrey, British Columbia

37 months ago

canadiangirl85 in toronto, Ontario said: Thanks for the input. I actually have secured a job out there, in a smaller town area so I am thrilled I have a job, now its just down to the negotiations.

I was wondering if you could tell me how you found the job? online? newspaper? through someone you knew... thanks

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gvblackisdead@hotmail.com in Kamloops, British Columbia

31 months ago

In Fort St John.
Range is $30-50. (60K-100K)
Over 3 years at job $40-50 (80k-100K per year)
New girls in that last 2 years $30-40. Most in my office $30 plus $1-2 dollars per scaling or prophy unit.
(60k-80K per year)

Grande praire, Alberta is $55/hour but scaling fees are double.

My brother in law who is new grad DMD in Vancouver:
gets 35% and does hygiene most of the day. (70K per year working full time) that averages $35/h
He says average overhead is 60% so the max they can pay is 40% for both hygiene and dentist. He says since dentist are saturated they have to scale and it is cheaper for them to scale than hiring a hygienist in Vancouver.

We need to increase the hygiene fees in order to increase our wages and decrease the number of dentist and hygiene schools.

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dg in Richmond, British Columbia

30 months ago

another important factor is the dental insurance plan which has consistently reduce benefits and coverage for hygiene procedures; this discourages patients
from their regular hygiene as well as dental visits; some dentists are doing hygiene work as well when times are slow

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EllisonRDH in Port Moody, British Columbia

22 months ago

Why would you not take into account over saturation? That is the whole point -that regardless of what your education is, there are NO JOBS. IT wouldn't make a difference if it was VCC, VCDH or UBC. VCC has a better reputation, but that is pretty irrelevant when there is a shortage of positions. I also do not see how you figure "just taking taking the 4 year UBC program instead" would somehow put you in a different position than VCC/VCDH grads - That program just graduated its first full class in 2011, it is the newest entry to practice option of them all, and graduating from there does not put you at any additional advantage. If you were smart you wouldn't apply to any of them and would actually comprehend the issue at hand which is that RDH's are not in demand and wasting years and accumulating debt for a job with low prospects is not wise. And yes, generally I have seen it to be harder for men to get hired than women in this profession.

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