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The BDA conducts regular labour market research into the pay rates for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs). A survey of practice owners carried out in summer 2013 also collected data on the hourly pay rates for all DCP groups - hygienists, therapists, dental nurses, and practice managers. This information provides a guide for BDA members when calculating pay rates for their own dental teams.

Key results

The following table contains the average hourly pay rates for each DCP group for the whole of the UK.  

Average hourly rate
Trained dental nurses£9.98
Trainee dental nurses£6.98
Employed hygienists£29.35
Employed therapists£27.77
Practice managers£13.81

A complete set of results, including a breakdown by region, practice mix and practice size can be downloaded below. The results of the 2003, 2007 and 2010 DCP pay surveys are also available to download below.


BDA Research Findings 8 DCP pay survey 2015.pdf 


DCP pay survey 2010          (113.95 KB)


 ​DCP pay survey 2007          (730.27 KB)





DCP pay survey 2003            (62.14 KB)