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Average Dentist Salary

$133,941
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$10,056
Bonus
$37,500
Commission
$20,000
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Dentist is $133,941.
10%
$82k
MEDIAN
$134k
90%
$207k
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$82k - $207k
Bonus
$984 - $51k
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$343 - $162k
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$0 - $99k
Total Pay
$82k - $213k
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What Do Dentists Do?

Job Satisfaction for Dentist

4.2 out of 5
(150)
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24Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Dentist are from the companies Self-Employed, Aspen Dental and Aspen. Reported salaries are highest at The Veterans Administration (United States) where the average pay is $174,807. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Methodist Healthcare Ministries and Self-Employed, earning around $159,119 and $153,613, 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.

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What Are Popular Skills for Dentists?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Dentists?

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 $119,028 based on 221 salaries. An early career Dentist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $124,561 based on 806 salaries. A mid-career Dentist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $138,874 based on 374 salaries. An experienced Dentist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $149,291 based on 367 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $152,150.
Employees with Dentist in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 10.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (9.5% more) and San Diego, California (8.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (7.8% less), Seattle, Washington (5.8% less) and New York, New York (5.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,295 survey responses.
Entry Level
9.6%
Early Career
35.1%
Mid Career
16.3%
Experienced
16.0%
Late Career
23.0%