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General Dentist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for General Dentists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $123K per year. Overall cash earnings for General Dentists stretch from $81K on the lower end to $225K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $26K from bonuses and $88K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. More than half of General Dentists (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just under one-half have dental, too. For the most part, General Dentists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$77,537 - $229,767
(Median)
$78K
$120K
$230K
MEDIAN: $122,726
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$41.12 - $90.51
(Median)
$41
$64
$91
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$77,537 - $229,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$4,000 - $87,500  
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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$80,865 - $225,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$41.12 - $90.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $123.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,760  
   
Commission
$30.52 - $34,392  
Profit Sharing
$4,000 - $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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$80,865 - $225,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $117K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $131K. General Dentists bring in $142K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $148K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$127,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 34%
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