Dentist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Dentist is $121,815 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Dentistry, General Surgery, General dentist, dentist, and General Dentistry.
Dentist Total Pay (?
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$72,779 - $216,406
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $121,815
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Dentist Total Pay (?
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$36.77 - $98.27
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MEDIAN: $69.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$72,779 - $216,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,453  
Profit Sharing
$1,039 - $38,783  
Commission
$29,479 - $101,736  
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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$76,178 - $234,066  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$36.77 - $98.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $257.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,453  
   
Commission
$29,479 - $101,736  
Profit Sharing
$1,039 - $38,783  
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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$76,178 - $234,066  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,341
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Dallas
up arrow 24%
Philadelphia
up arrow 11%
Phoenix
up arrow 9%
Seattle
up arrow 2%
Portland
0%
Miami
0%
National Average
$126,000
San Diego
up arrow 2%
Atlanta
up arrow 2%
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Houston
up arrow 3%
Austin
up arrow 3%
Los Angeles
up arrow 4%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 7%
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Boston
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Experience Affects Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$126,000

Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

Dentistry
up arrow 31%
General Surgery
up arrow 30%
General dentist
up arrow 16%
dentist
up arrow 15%
General Dentistry
up arrow 14%
Oral Surgery
up arrow 14%
National Average
$126,000
Pediatrics
up arrow 4%
Generalist Duties
up arrow 17%
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Gender
Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
22%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 30%
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