General Dentist Salary

Average pay for a General Dentist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $130K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of General Dentists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of General Dentists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,670 - $204,686
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$130K
$200K
MEDIAN: $130,438
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$20.51 - $92.71
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MEDIAN: $67.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$77,670 - $204,686  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $50,684  
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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$77,999 - $203,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.51 - $92.71  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$98.63 - $50,684  
   
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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$77,999 - $203,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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While not commonly seen, General Dentists who transition into a Pediatric Dentist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Pediatric Dentists is $171K per year. General Dentists most frequently become Dentists and Dental Assistants even though median compensation is $13K lower and $103K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Dentist

Pay by Experience for a General Dentist has a positive trend. An entry-level General Dentist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 112 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Dentist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced General Dentist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 47 salaries. A General Dentist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 67 salaries.

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Key Stats for General Dentist

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$134,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

▼8%

Skills That Affect General Dentist Salaries

Oral Surgery
▲18%

National Average
$134,000

General dentist
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 30%
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