General Dentist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for General Dentists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $124K per year. In the world of General Dentists, overall income ranges from $83K near the bottom to $209K at the top; this can include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $99K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male General Dentists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Most General Dentists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$79,481 - $216,814

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$43.63 - $87.51

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$79,481 - $216,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,140  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $98,633  
Commission
$19,442 - $35,608  
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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$82,834 - $209,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$43.63 - $87.51  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $103.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,140  
   
Commission
$19,442 - $35,608  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $98,633  
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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$82,834 - $209,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $119K. General Dentists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $142K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $148K.

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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$129,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
14%
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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