Dentist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Dentist is $122,160 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are General Surgery, Dentistry, General Dentistry, dentist, and Oral Surgery.
Dentist Salary (?
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$73,270 - $221,027
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $122,159
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Dentist Salary (?
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$40.85 - $99.78
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MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$73,270 - $221,027  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,116  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $50,684  
Commission
$20,000 - $140,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$76,583 - $233,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$40.85 - $99.78  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $253.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,116  
   
Commission
$20,000 - $140,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $50,684  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$76,583 - $233,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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Job Description for Dentist

Dentistry is a field of medicine that pertains to the health and treatment of the teeth and mouth. Dentists can be general practitioners or specialists; specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
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Dentist Tasks
  • Advise and instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, and oral health care services.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment.
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth, gums and related oral structures, and provide preventive and corrective services.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dentist

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Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Atlanta
up arrow 20%
Philadelphia
up arrow 10%
San Diego
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$127,000
Portland
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Austin
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Houston
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Pittsburgh
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Boston
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Salt Lake City
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Experience Affects Dentist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$127,000

Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

General Surgery
up arrow 29%
Dentistry
up arrow 23%
General Dentistry
up arrow 18%
dentist
up arrow 17%
General dentist
up arrow 15%
Oral Surgery
up arrow 15%
National Average
$127,000
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%
Pediatrics
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 30%