Entry-Level Dentist Salary

Entry-Level Dentists receive generous compensation — earning an average of $119K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Dentists (51 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While approximately one-third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$65,976 - $172,710
$66K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $118,798
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90%

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$19.77 - $81.73
$20
$61
$82
MEDIAN: $60.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,976 - $172,710  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $24,273  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
Commission
$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).
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$60,954 - $175,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 919
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$19.77 - $81.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.56  
Overtime
$11.63 - $515  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$1,006 - $24,273  
   
Commission
$25,000  
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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$60,954 - $175,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
15%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

dentist
▲23%


Dentistry
▲7%

Public Health
▲6%

Oral Surgery
▲4%

National Average
$120,000

Orthodontics
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 34%
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