General Dentist Salary

Wages for General Dentists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($129K) per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Men make up a slight majority of General Dentists (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$88,783 - $216,212
$89K
$130K
$220K
MEDIAN: $131,300
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50%
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$17.70 - $96.56
$18
$70
$97
MEDIAN: $70.49
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$0$216K
Salary $88,783 - $216,212
Bonus $100.00 - $40,000
Profit Sharing $75,000
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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$83,708 - $207,132
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 206
Hourly Data $0$96
Hourly Rate $17.70 - $96.56
Overtime $50.00
Annual Data $0$207K
Bonus $100.00 - $40,000
Profit Sharing $75,000
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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$83,708 - $207,132
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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 not the most common occurrence, General Dentists sometimes become Pediatric Dentists, where the average income 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
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
30%

Experience Affects General Dentist Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$135,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

▼8%

Skills That Affect General Dentist Salaries

Oral Surgery
▲18%

National Average
$135,000

General dentist
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 31%