General Dentist Salary

Average pay for a General Dentist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $128K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of General Dentists claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Men make up the majority of General Dentists (62 percent) survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,382 - $231,726
(Median)
$78K
$130K
$230K
MEDIAN: $127,691
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$47.32 - $86.55
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$47
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$87
MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$78,382 - $231,726  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
Profit Sharing
$52,500  
Commission
$20,488  
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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$82,082 - $224,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$47.32 - $86.55  
   
Overtime
$66.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,639  
   
Commission
$20,488  
Profit Sharing
$52,500  
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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$82,082 - $224,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $121K per year. General Dentists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $141K. General Dentists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $148K.

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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$131,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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