Entry-Level Dentist Salary

Entry-Level Dentists can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $119K per year on average. The majority of Entry-Level Dentists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Entry-Level Dentists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,922 - $171,668
$68K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $119,031
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$20.00 - $81.43
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$81
MEDIAN: $60.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$67,922 - $171,668  
   
Bonus
$1,018 - $25,124  
Profit Sharing
$22,500  
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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$62,007 - $174,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $81.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.56  
Overtime
$11.00 - $305.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$220K$440K$660K
Bonus
$1,018 - $25,124  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$22,500  
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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$62,007 - $174,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 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
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Dentist Salaries

dentist
▲23%

Dentistry
▲7%

Public Health
▲6%


Oral Surgery
▲3%

National Average
$120,000

Orthodontics
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 32%
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