Dentist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dentist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $259,350
Alabama $154,400
Arkansas $133,250
Arizona $171,320
California $125,860
Colorado $131,090
Connecticut $205,330
District of Columbia $169,670
Delaware $264,440
Florida $145,940
Georgia $149,240
Hawaii $166,530
Iowa $177,410
Idaho $161,750
Illinois $143,090
Indiana $157,710
Kansas $155,950
Kentucky $135,670
Louisiana $106,140
Massachusetts $148,520
Maryland $132,450
Maine $188,460
Michigan $187,010
Minnesota $227,280
Missouri $171,840
Mississippi $144,030
Montana $160,750
North Carolina $195,680
North Dakota $200,250
Nebraska $123,090
New Hampshire $226,300
New Jersey $143,120
New Mexico $153,010
Nevada $195,610
New York $133,640
Ohio $188,390
Oklahoma $128,780
Oregon $179,490
Pennsylvania $127,370
Puerto Rico $55,350
Rhode Island $254,190
South Carolina $153,610
South Dakota $164,120
Tennessee $178,550
Texas $157,200
Utah $116,440
Virginia $164,650
Vermont $171,890
Washington $171,430
Wisconsin $192,440
West Virginia $126,330
Wyoming $102,790

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 17% more than similar careers in Mississippi. On average, they make less than radiologists but more than coroners.

Career Median Salary
Radiologist salary $143K
Sports medicine physician salary $143K
Urologist salary $143K
Pathologist salary $143K
Ophthalmologist salary $143K
Dentist salary $144K
Chiropractor salary $79K
Veterinarian salary $77K
Naturopathic physician salary $65K
Coroner salary $51K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)