The purpose of this study was to determine the satisfaction and fringe benefits of Texas dental hygienists and compare the data to a recent national study. A blind survey was forwarded to 5,294 active, licensed dental hygienists to obtain data for Texas. Responses were received from 2,172 dental hygienists, a 41 percent response rate. The greatest number of responses came from the larger cities in Texas: Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Fifty-eight percent of Texas hygienists receive paid vacation, 25 percent medical insurance, 37 percent sick pay, and 26 percent receive some type of retirement. Nationally, the figures are higher. The survey also sought to determine satisfaction levels. Most dental hygienists are satisfied with their salary (65%), their career (85%), and feel secure in their employment (92%), while only 46 percent are satisfied with benefits. The survey results are inconclusive for hygienists' in the state of Texas based on the 41 percent response rate. Practical information may assist employers in recruitment and retention of a dental hygienist into the practice.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Texas dental journal|
|State||Published - Nov 1997|
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