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  • $171,932
  • 132,800
  • 3.1
  • 19.4%
  • Doctorate degree
  • Medical And Health Services
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How much does a Dentist make in the United States?

Average Dentist Yearly Salary in the United States

Dentists earn an average yearly salary of $171,932. Salaries typically start from $67,315 and go up to $250,000.

Average Dentist Hourly Wage in the United States

Dentists earn an average hourly wage of $82.66. Hourly wages typically start from $32.36 and go up to $120.19.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Most dentists, approximately 80 percent, are general dentists, according to the American Dental Education Association. The rest specialize in fields, such as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and surgery, which require additional years of study and typically result in higher salaries.

With an average salary of $166,810 in 2014, dentists earn far more than most other health-care workers. Dentists earn much more than dental assistants ($36,260) and dental hygienists ($71,970). Registered nurses ($69,790) and pharmacists ($118,470) also make less than the average dentist.

Just like other professionals, dentists make less than their counterparts in the beginning of their career. In the year 2008 the lowest 10 percent of the general dentists earned an hourly wage of $34.55 per hour or $71,870 per year. However, the earning capacity of dentists keeps on increasing with their experience. For example, the top 10 percent of general dentists still earn about $100,000 per year whereas the top earners in this field can accrue up to $190,000 per year.

Employment Type Mix

74%
Full-Time
26%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Dentist demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
400
RATINGS
Dentists average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Dentists in the 70th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Dentist satisfaction

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Dentist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Dentist Earnings

The highest earning Dentists in the United States earn:

$120.19
an hour
$250,000
per year
Senior Dentist Earnings

Senior Dentists in the United States earn:

$84.01
an hour
$174,750
per year
Experienced Dentist Earnings

Experienced Dentists in the United States earn:

$72.12
an hour
$150,005.7
per year
Junior Dentist Earnings

Junior Dentists in the United States earn:

$49.21
an hour
$102,350.4
per year
Starting Dentist Earnings

Starting Dentists in the United States earn:

$32.36
an hour
$67,314.5
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Dentist Salary Comparison

Dentists earn more than 28% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Pathologist Salary $211k
Family Practitioner Salary $208k
Internist Salary $198k
Pediatrician Salary $187k
Immunologist Salary $174k
Dentist Salary $171k
Podiatrist Salary $148k
Doctor Salary $139k
Hospitalist Salary $103k
Veterinarian Salary $101k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Dentist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Dentist Salary in Delaware $113.52 $236,130 # 1
Dentist Salary in North Carolina $113.47 $236,020 # 2
Dentist Salary in Alaska $112.62 $234,240 # 3
Dentist Salary in New Hampshire $106.00 $220,480 # 4
Dentist Salary in Nevada $101.29 $210,690 # 5
Dentist Salary in Wisconsin $101.11 $210,300 # 6
Dentist Salary in Minnesota $98.95 $205,810 # 7
Dentist Salary in Connecticut $98.71 $205,310 # 8
Dentist Salary in North Dakota $97.23 $202,240 # 9
Dentist Salary in Ohio $93.00 $193,430 # 10
Dentist Salary in Oregon $92.44 $192,280 # 11
Dentist Salary in South Carolina $92.08 $191,520 # 12
Dentist Salary in Idaho $91.95 $191,250 # 13
Dentist Salary in Maine $91.92 $191,200 # 14
Dentist Salary in Massachusetts $90.39 $188,020 # 15
Dentist Salary in Tennessee $90.14 $187,500 # 16
Dentist Salary in Vermont $89.21 $185,560 # 17
Dentist Salary in Arkansas $89.02 $185,170 # 18
Dentist Salary in Iowa $88.90 $184,910 # 19
Dentist Salary in Washington $88.55 $184,190 # 20
Dentist Salary in Alabama $88.21 $183,480 # 21
Dentist Salary in Hawaii $86.50 $179,920 # 22
Dentist Salary in Virginia $85.40 $177,640 # 23
Dentist Salary in Kansas $85.28 $177,380 # 24
Dentist Salary in Kentucky $84.97 $176,730 # 25
Dentist Salary in Montana $84.64 $176,050 # 26
Dentist Salary in Wyoming $84.30 $175,350 # 27
Dentist Salary in Colorado $84.24 $175,210 # 28
Dentist Salary in Georgia $83.58 $173,850 # 29
Dentist Salary in Missouri $83.04 $172,720 # 30
Dentist Salary in Mississippi $82.98 $172,600 # 31
Dentist Salary in United States $82.85 $172,327.7 # 32
Dentist Salary in Michigan $82.82 $172,270 # 33
Dentist Salary in Texas $82.62 $171,850 # 34
Dentist Salary in New York $81.88 $170,300 # 35
Dentist Salary in Oklahoma $81.16 $168,820 # 36
Dentist Salary in Arizona $81.11 $168,710 # 37
Dentist Salary in New Mexico $80.60 $167,650 # 38
Dentist Salary in Florida $79.89 $166,180 # 39
Dentist Salary in Maryland $79.39 $165,140 # 40
Dentist Salary in California $79.00 $164,330 # 41
Dentist Salary in West Virginia $78.22 $162,690 # 42
Dentist Salary in Indiana $78.07 $162,390 # 43
Dentist Salary in Rhode Island $77.92 $162,070 # 44
Dentist Salary in South Dakota $77.15 $160,480 # 45
Dentist Salary in Nebraska $76.33 $158,770 # 46
Dentist Salary in Illinois $75.07 $156,150 # 47
Dentist Salary in New Jersey $72.96 $151,750 # 48
Dentist Salary in Pennsylvania $67.47 $140,340 # 49
Dentist Salary in Utah $61.29 $127,480 # 50
Dentist Salary in Louisiana $60.59 $126,030 # 51
Dentist Salary in District of Columbia $54.76 $113,910 # 52
Dentist Salary in Puerto Rico $25.03 $52,060 # 53

Career Attributes

  • $171,932
  • 132,800
  • 3.1
  • 19.4%
  • Doctorate degree
  • Medical And Health Services
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