Dentist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dentist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Delaware $236,130
North Carolina $236,020
Alaska $234,240
New Hampshire $200,990
Nevada $196,410
Wisconsin $193,670
Minnesota $181,540
Connecticut $188,950
North Dakota $194,510
Ohio $175,270
Oregon $182,390
South Carolina $160,020
Idaho $164,400
Maine $174,120
Massachusetts $162,630
Tennessee $170,180
Vermont $171,890
Arkansas $166,020
Iowa $169,120
Washington $165,420
Alabama $174,170
Hawaii $130,330
Virginia $149,090
Kansas $150,700
Kentucky $152,160
Montana $143,220
Wyoming $152,200
Colorado $155,900
Georgia $134,610
Missouri $143,010
Mississippi $148,760
Michigan $168,700
Texas $159,640
New York $147,000
Oklahoma $136,830
Arizona $173,570
New Mexico $147,310
Florida $138,360
Maryland $145,240
California $145,400
West Virginia $131,190
Indiana $140,590
Rhode Island $152,780
South Dakota $142,380
Nebraska $139,280
Illinois $127,710
New Jersey $132,850
Pennsylvania $118,470
Utah $105,740
Louisiana $92,420
District of Columbia $104,800
Puerto Rico $40,980

How much does a Dentist earn?

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.

How do dentist salaries compare to similar careers?

Dentists earn about the same as related careers in Maine. On average, they make less than dermatologists but more than veterinarians.

Career Median Salary
Dermatologist salary $247K
Sports medicine physician salary $247K
Radiologist salary $247K
Internist salary $188K
Family practitioner salary $172K
Dentist salary $174K
Pediatrician salary $170K
Psychiatrist salary $146K
Podiatrist salary $138K
Veterinarian salary $86K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)