Entry-Level Dentist Salary

Entry-Level Dentists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($118K) annually. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Dentists is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$63,962 - $170,557
$64K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $118,259
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$19.52 - $82.14
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$62
$82
MEDIAN: $61.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,962 - $170,557  
   
Bonus
$1,009 - $24,117  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
Commission
$20,000  
Total Pay (?
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$60,736 - $174,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 965
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.52 - $82.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.56  
Overtime
$11.63 - $126.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,009 - $24,117  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
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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$60,736 - $174,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Dentist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dentist in New York:
"Spend less money to go to school."
Specialize after dental school and Spend as little money possible in education. Public schools or private school that offer you big scholarship is the way to go. The loans hanging over you after school is done can limit you tremendously especially if you want to open a practice. It can be daunting to take on another huge loan if you have student loans. Interest rates are not as good as they used to be.

Dentist in Oak Park:
"It Costs Too Much."
It costs too much to go to school, student loans are so high it took me over 25 years to pay back I could not afford a home because I paid for student loans I would have been better of being a nurse at hospital were you get benefits.

Key Stats for Dentist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
16%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

dentist
▲23%

Public Health
▲5%

Medicine / Surgery
▲5%

Dentistry
▲4%

Oral Surgery
▲3%

National Average
$119,000

Orthodontics
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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