Average Dentist Salary

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The average salary for a Dentist is $129,396.
MEDIAN $129,396
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$79k - $212k
$989 - $58k
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$2k - $197k
$4k - $98k
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$78k - $215k

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Job Description for Dentist

The top respondents for the job title Dentist are from the companies Self-Employed, Aspen Dental and Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $197,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Indian Health Services and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, earning around $164,000 and $159,119, respectively. Morris Heights Health Center pays the lowest at around $123,158. Dental Group Ltd and Aspen Dental also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $135,000 and $143,000, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Dentist. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
General Dentist
Dental Assistant
Pediatric Dentist
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Dentist

Skills in Oral Surgery, Composite Fillings, Public Health, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Dentist

An entry-level Dentist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $117,126 based on 284 salaries. An early career Dentist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,919 based on 1,102 salaries. A mid-career Dentist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $134,198 based on 502 salaries. An experienced Dentist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $149,186 based on 541 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $153,199.
Employees with Dentist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 8.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (2.4% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (1.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (7.9% less), Chicago, Illinois (7.9% less) and New York, New York (5.3% less).

Years of Experience

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