Compensation Considerations: Additional Benefits and Perks

Physicians and dentists are highly sought-after professionals, and as such, such employment agreements may include various benefits and perks to attract and retain top talent. Taking these additional benefits and perks into consideration is important when assessing the overall compensation package, because you may find more value from the supplementary support of your employer. Additionally, knowing what is offered and which of those benefits are beneficial to you can give you some leverage in your negotiations.

While the specific terms can vary depending on the employer and your qualifications, some common benefits and perks that may be included in a physician or dentist’s employment agreement are:

  1. Competitive Compensation Package: A competitive salary or guaranteed base pay, often commensurate with your experience and qualifications, is a standard part of the agreement. For more information read this article we wrote on Compensation Structure
  2. Bonus Structure: Performance-based bonuses tied to your productivity, patient satisfaction, or meeting certain targets may be offered.
  3. Signing Bonus: A one-time signing bonus to entice you to join the practice or medical facility.
  4. Relocation Assistance: Reimbursement for moving expenses if you are relocating from another city or state to work for your new employer.
  5. Health Insurance Coverage: Comprehensive health insurance plans that cover medical, dental, and vision expenses for you and your family.
  6. Retirement Plans: Retirement savings plans such as 401(k) with employer contributions or matching.
  7. Paid Time Off (PTO): Paid vacation days, holidays, parental leave, and sick leave.
  8. CME Allowance: Continuing Medical Education (CME) reimbursement to cover the cost of attending conferences, workshops, and courses to stay up-to-date with the latest medical advancements.
  9. Malpractice Insurance: Coverage for professional liability insurance to protect the physician or dentist from potential malpractice claims. For more information on Tail Insurance read this article.
  10. Professional Memberships: Reimbursement for membership fees in relevant medical or dental associations.
  11. Tuition Reimbursement: Support for further education or advanced degrees.
  12. Wellness Programs: Access to wellness programs, gym memberships, or health initiatives.
  13. Loan Repayment Assistance: Help with repaying your student loans or educational debt.
  14. Profit-sharing: In some cases, you may be eligible for profit-sharing arrangements based on the financial success of the practice or facility.

It’s important for you to carefully review and negotiate their employment agreements to ensure that the benefits and perks offered align with their needs and expectations. Often, if a perk offered is not one that will prove to be beneficial to your needs and desires, your employer may consider exchanging it for a different perk more in line with what you are looking for. Additionally, it is important to note Legal counsel can be helpful in navigating contract negotiations to secure the best possible terms, contact us to speak to an employment contract attorney today.