General Dentist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for General Dentists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $123K per year. Total cash compensation for General Dentists runs from $82K to $214K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $98K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Male General Dentists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$79,013 - $229,153
(Median)
$79K
$120K
$230K
MEDIAN: $123,357
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$43.63 - $89.67
(Median)
$44
$64
$90
MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$79,013 - $229,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,283  
Profit Sharing
$3,064 - $97,871  
Commission
$5,000 - $35,000  
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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$82,334 - $213,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$43.63 - $89.67  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $103.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,283  
   
Commission
$5,000 - $35,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,064 - $97,871  
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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$82,334 - $213,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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Job Description for General Dentist

The position of a general dentist is the mainstay career for the care and maintenance of oral health, as dentists are responsible for seeing patients for healthy check-ups and correcting problems, from mild toothaches to cracked and broken teeth. They are also expected to build relationships with their clientele and establish a wide client-base.

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General 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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Pay by Experience Level for General Dentist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For General Dentists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $119K per year. General Dentists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $141K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $148K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$128,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 35%
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