The average salary for a Dentist is $120,120 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are General Surgery, Oral Surgery, General dentist, dentist, and General Dentistry.
Dentist Total Pay (?
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$72,716 - $208,696
(Median)
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210K
MEDIAN: $120,120
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Dentist Total Pay (?
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$34.70 - $97.55
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67
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MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$72,716 - $208,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $50,000  
Commission
$5,000 - $75,000  
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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$75,003 - $229,091  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$34.70 - $97.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $350.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
   
Commission
$5,000 - $75,000  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $50,000  
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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$75,003 - $229,091  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,246
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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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Antonio
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Dallas
up arrow 21%
Houston
up arrow 5%
Portland
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Seattle
up arrow 4%
National Average
$124,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
Chicago
up arrow 1%
Philadelphia
up arrow 1%
Los Angeles
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Austin
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Pittsburgh
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New York
up arrow 17%
Salt Lake City
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Boston
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Experience Affects Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$124,000

Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

General Surgery
up arrow 32%
General dentist
up arrow 18%
Oral Surgery
up arrow 18%
dentist
up arrow 16%
General Dentistry
up arrow 16%
National Average
$124,000
Pediatrics
up arrow 2%
Generalist Duties
up arrow 16%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 181 votes.
Gender
Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
22%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 30%
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