Group Practice Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All Employees

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Willamette Dental Group, which comprises more than 50 dental offices and more than 1,500 employees, is raising its minimum hourly pay for all part-time and full-time employees to $15.00 an hour. According to the company, it is the largest multi-specialty group dental practice in the Pacific Northwest. 

“Established nearly a decade ago, the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in some communities is not reflective of our commitment to our employee family. While the vast majority of our employees were already making over $15.00 per hour, we wanted all of our employees to be making what we acknowledge and hope will be the new standard for all communities,” Nick Skourtes, DMD, assistant managing dentist at the company’s office in Portland, Oregon.

“We are dedicated to each and every member of our team and would like to thank you, the employees of Willamette Dental Group, for helping us continue to be the employer of choice,” said Skourtes. 

In addition to the hourly pay increase, Willamette Dental Group will continue to offer a complete benefits package including 401k with company match, competitive health and no-premium dental packages, tuition assistance, and growth opportunities for higher earning positions, the company reports. Willamette Dental Group also does not expect those benefitting from the pay increase to see a reduction in hours. 

In 2017, Willemette Dental Group received the Employee Voice Award for Highest Level of Engagement from Quantum Workplace, recognizing its continual effort to be the employer of choice by its employees and providing best in class benefits and work-life balance opportunities that yield outstanding employee engagement and participation, the company reports. 

“Our dedicated employees make Willamette Dental Group the thriving, innovative, and caring company it is today and the years to come,” said Kris Holgerson, vice president of human resources at Willamette Dental Group.

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