On average, Entry-Level Dentists earn six-figure salaries ($118K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although more than half have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, one-third claim no health benefits at all. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Dentists (51 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,274 - $173,861
(Median)
$67K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $118,295
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$19.68 - $81.26
(Median)
$20
$60
$81
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$67,274 - $173,861  
   
Bonus
$1,017 - $25,255  
Profit Sharing
$25,000  
Commission
$17,500  
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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$61,271 - $176,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 944
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$330$660$990
Hourly Rate
$19.68 - $81.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.56  
Overtime
$12.37 - $970  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$700K$1.4M$2.1M
Bonus
$1,017 - $25,255  
   
Commission
$17,500  
Profit Sharing
$25,000  
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).
)
$61,271 - $176,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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Dentist Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

dentist
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Public Health
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Oral Surgery
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$119,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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