General Dentist Salary (United States)

General Dentists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($124,934) annually in the United States. The top of the range reaches $204,334 per year, and the bottom approaches $76,257. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $71,747 on the lower end to $200,640 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $31K from bonuses and upwards of $100K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Dentists. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
General Dentist Salary (?
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$71,747 - $200,640
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MEDIAN: $120,118
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General Dentist Salary (?
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$40.38 - $86.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$71,747 - $200,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,773  
Profit Sharing
$4,122 - $96,958  
Commission
$30.52 - $34,392  
Total Pay (?
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$76,257 - $204,334  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 798
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Hourly Rate
$40.38 - $86.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $124.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,773  
   
Commission
$30.52 - $34,392  
Profit Sharing
$4,122 - $96,958  
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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$76,257 - $204,334  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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.
In most cases, General Dentists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Salaries surpass six figures right off the bat, with a beginning worker bringing in $114K per year. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $141K. After two decades on the job, General Dentists see salary growth dwindle, averaging $145K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 22 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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National Average
$125,000
Houston
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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for General Dentists, 21 percent higher than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$125,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 34%
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