Salaries for General Dentists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($131K) per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of General Dentists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Most General Dentists report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$80,536 - $236,313
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$130K
$240K
MEDIAN: $130,904
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$49.19 - $92.00
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MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$80,536 - $236,313  
   
Bonus
$27.50 - $75,000  
Profit Sharing
$87,500  
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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$82,887 - $231,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$49.19 - $92.00  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$27.50 - $75,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$87,500  
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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$82,887 - $231,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $124K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $144K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $148K.

General Dentist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

General Dentist in Madison:
"Politics is the name of the game."
Know what you are doing dentally, but also be in touch with office politics. Just enough so you know what's going on in the background.

Key Stats for General Dentist

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$135,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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