General Dentists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $132K) surpassing six figures annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of General Dentists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. Men working as General Dentists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,369 - $226,662
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$130K
$230K
MEDIAN: $131,939
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$48.94 - $92.00
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MEDIAN: $67.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$78,369 - $226,662  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$87,500  
Total Pay (?
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$81,611 - $208,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$48.94 - $92.00  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$99.33 - $50,335  
   
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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$81,611 - $208,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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.

Common Career Paths for General Dentist


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Though some General Dentists move into positions like Pediatric Dentist (where the average salary is $171K), this progression is not the norm. Many General Dentists advance into roles as Dentists or Dental Assistants, but the median salaries are $15K lower and $105K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Dentist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $125K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $137K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $145K. General Dentists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $148K.

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Q: What is it like working as a General Dentist?

General Dentist in Madison:
"Politics is the name of the game."
Know what you are doing dentally, but also be in touch with office politics. Just enough so you know what's going on in the background.

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Key Stats for General Dentist

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$136,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect General Dentist Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 15%

National Average
$136,000

General dentist
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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