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General Dentist Salary

Average pay for General Dentists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($123K). Total cash earnings of General Dentists range from $80K on the low end to $222K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $29K and $77K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male General Dentists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and slightly less than one-half receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$76,978 - $225,086
(Median)
$77K
$120K
$230K
MEDIAN: $122,660
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$39.89 - $89.82
(Median)
$40
$63
$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
$76,978 - $225,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $77,281  
Commission
$30.52 - $34,392  
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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$79,880 - $222,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$39.89 - $89.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $123.29  
National Annualized 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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,361  
   
Commission
$30.52 - $34,392  
Profit Sharing
$4,848 - $77,281  
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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$79,880 - $222,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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Job Description for General Dentist

A general dentist evaluates the patient's oral health status and develops a treatment plan suited to the patient's needs. The general dentist is responsible for treating diseases such as gingivitis, healing dental injuries, and perfecting malformations of the teeth and gums. They will examine patients by conducting interviews, taking X-rays, and performing other dental diagnostic procedures. They clean teeth using modern dental tools. General dentists also identify and fill cavities. They extract rotted teeth, as well as those that may be pushed out due to overcrowding. They replace teeth with false teeth implants. They educate patients as to how to best take care of their teeth to prevent cavities and plaque. Dentists must make patients fully aware of the necessity of excellent dental hygiene. They also typically help to supervise office staff, including hygienists, dental assistants, and receptionists. They may be required to make referrals to dental specialists to deal with issues such as braces or oral surgery. Some general dentists also take care of supplies for the dental office and coordinate required lab services. General dentists should work to develop relationships with their patients and encourage patients to come in for regular check ups and cleaning twice a year. They should be aware of the connection between tooth-related conditions and other diseases. Problems in the oral cavity may indicate diabetes, osteoporosis, or cancer. Gum disease may also be indicative of diabetes or heart disease. General dentists can prescribe medications, including anything from prescription-strength toothpastes and mouthwashes to more serious drugs such as antibiotics, sedatives, and other pain relief medications.


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.


General Dentists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $117K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $131K. General Dentists see a median salary of $142K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $149K.

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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$126,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 34%