General Dentist Salary (United States)

General Dentists in the United States typically earn six-figure salaries ($124,934) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Compensation generally starts at $76,257 and does not exceed $204,334 per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—around one third—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and about half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 798
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
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.
For many General Dentists, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Annually raking in $114K at career start, professionals see salaries that surpass six figures immediately upon entering the field. Salary comes to $141K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and General Dentists who have made it this far report earning around $145K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fifth. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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National Average
$125,000
Houston
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For General Dentists, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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
Entry-Level
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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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