Salary Negotiations for the Dental Hygienist
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

Would you work for free? Believing in yourself is an important step in gaining the financial reward you are seeking on the job.

This course will provide you with the tools you need to get the salary you deserve. Learn where to find your perfect job, how to snag the job at the salary you desire, or how to get a raise in your current position.

Tami Farmer, RDH, CDA

Mrs. Farmer is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a degree in dental hygiene and has worked in the dental field for 24 years. She is also a certified dental assistant and has spent time in the past writing course curriculum for Georgia Northwestern Technical College as it began and gained accreditation of its dental assisting program. Mrs. Farmer also used to work in the past for Doral Dental USA as a dental office inspector.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Know how to write an effective cover letter.
  2. Learn the important elements of a resume.
  3. Develop appropriate interview techniques.
  4. Learn the important elements of a thank-you letter.
  5. Understand the various salary classifications and options.
  6. Learn ways to improve job performance and productivity.
  7. Know how to go about asking for a raise.



Salary is extremely important whether you have just graduated from college and are entering the workforce for the first time, or have been in the workforce for a while and want to make a change. After all, would you work for free? Would you leave a job you love for more money? How much money would it take to get you to stay at a job you hate? You can love your patients and want what’s best for them, but dentistry is after all a business and you deserve to be compensated for your skills and knowledge.

ADA CERP Disclosure: The author of this Continuing Education Activity receives ongoing financial consideration from DrBicuspid.com for preparation of these CE course materials. Author has disclosed that they do not have any real or perceived conflict of interest in preparing this educational activity, nor does this activity discuss any unlabeled or unapproved drug or device.

  1. Job Hunting
  2. Getting the Job You Want
  3. Salary Considerations
  4. The Salary Meeting and/or Performance Review
  5. Asking for a Raise
  6. Other Career Paths for Dental Hygienist


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  7. Farmer, Tami. Some very nice ways to ask for a raise.
  8. Erickensen, Bent & Twigg, Tim. Case study: independent contractor. The Dentistry IQ Network. Available at: http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-95/issue-4/colum.
  9. Levin, Roger P. Increasing Hygiene Productivity. The Dentistry IQ Network. Available at: http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-85/issue-12/departments/practice-success/increasing-hygiene-productivity.html.
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Release date: November 25, 2019
Review date: November 1, 2019
Expiration date: November 1, 2022
CE courses are administered by IMV, Ltd.
IMV, Ltd is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about this CE provider may be directed to DrBicuspid.com support or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.