Why you’re getting a better dentist at a lower salary

OHIO — You’ve heard it before: the assistant dentist is the new assistant manager.

If you’re working a busy day, it’s time to pay your assistant a raise.

But while it’s not a great way to get a raise, it does mean you’re making more money.

So, if you’re an assistant manager with a $50,000 annual salary, it means you’re actually getting paid $40,000 less in overtime than you would be under the same job.

And while that might not seem like a lot, it comes at a cost.

Assistant managers are responsible for scheduling the dental appointments, supervising the care of patients and managing the office.

But that’s all a lot of work for a person who has to make $25,000 a year.

In an effort to save money, assistant managers are being offered raises to $35,000, a 4 percent raise to $38,000 and a 5 percent raise for assistants to $50.

Those increases are phased in over four years, with a maximum of $60,000.

So if you work 30 hours a week and get paid $50 an hour, you’re probably making $55,000 more than if you worked 40 hours and were paid $30 an hour.

And even if you have the same salary, you’d still make $60 per hour less if you went back to working at $30, instead of $35.

“When you’re in a position of authority, you want to be making more than that,” said Matt Hennings, a spokesman for the Ohio Association of Dental Assistants.

“It’s a little bit of a sacrifice to do that.”

That sacrifice is in part due to the pandemic unemployment aid that Ohio provides to state employees, said Jim Bier, a spokesperson for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

It is also the result of state law, which mandates that employees at all levels of the workforce receive up to $12 an hour in paid sick leave.

That means that if you want an assistant to work overtime and you’re on a $40 an hour schedule, your employer would be paying you a whopping $16,200 in overtime and $17,000 in sick leave over the course of four years.

That’s $5,500 more than it would have paid you if you had just kept working full time and earned the same amount.

“When you start talking about the higher-than-normal amount of overtime and the higher pay, it doesn’t make sense,” said Bier.

And as a result, assistant management positions are under more pressure than assistant managers.

“A lot of times, people have to look to their assistants and ask, ‘What am I doing?

Are they getting a raise?'” said Hennies.

“If you’re a dentist, if your assistant’s making $20,000 or $30 million, then you might want to consider what you can do to make sure you’re not being undercut.

You’re still making a lot more than your assistant, but you’re also paying your assistant more.”

And it can be challenging for a dentist to make that adjustment.

“You don’t really want to lose your assistant because of the pandemics,” said Henny.

And when that assistant is getting a higher pay cut, you can’t blame him for wanting a raise in compensation.

“I think that’s why we’re seeing the uptick in assistant managers,” said Darlene Fagan, the executive director of the Association of Ohio Dental Assists.

“And when they’re losing their assistant, it could be because of that.”

According to Fagan and other experts, assistant manager pay is one of the best ways to prevent pay discrimination against lower-income workers.

But not everyone agrees. 

“I think it’s just a big waste of money,” said Fagan.

“What they’re really doing is paying them more overtime than they’re worth.”