Dentist Salary

Dentists treat disorders of the teeth, gum disease, and other oral maladies.  They fill cavities, replace teeth, and extract teeth.  The average dentist salary is $145,240 per year

Dentist with drill in patients mouth.  Removing decay from teeth is a common skill for dentists. 

Dentists treat disorders of the teeth, gum disease, and other oral maladies.  They fill cavities, replace teeth, and extract teeth.  The average dentist salary is $145,240 per year

The average Dentist salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Dentists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. Dentist salaries vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Dentists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. Other factors influencing wages of dentists are location, demand, and economics. 


The Dentist median wage is $69.83 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $36 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $115 per hour.


On an annual basis the average dentist wage is $145,240. The lowest 10% earn less than $75,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $240,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Dentist Salary

The lowest paid dentists earn less than $75,000 annually while the highest paid dentists earn over $250,000 per year.

Dentist Salary: Median Hourly & Annual Data

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Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn a dentist wage are New Hampshire $234,010, Vermont $216,160, Delaware $214,840, Washington $203,480, and North Dakota $200,510.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a dentist salary are Nashua NH, Tyler TX, Odessa TX, Spokane WA, and Burlington NC.  The best paying cities all report wages higher than $240,000 per year.

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Private Practice vs. Employment

According to the ADA there are over 157,000 dentists in private practice earning an average net salary just over $180,000 per year as of 2011. Over half of all the dentists are self-employed or in a private practice setting.  The US Bureau of Labor tracks 93,500 dentists as employed.

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Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 93,500 Dentists who are employed or in practice in the US. The American Dental Association has a membership of approximately 157,000.

Where They Work

Of all the dentists employed in the United States over 90,000 of them work in a dental office, clinic, or other physicians’ office.   This is also where the best dental salaries can be found. The annual mean salary is $166,000 for dentists who worked in a dental practice and just over $142,000 for those who worked in the offices of other healthcare practitioners.


Fringe benefits are going to be similar to those offered by small businesses or single proprietor businesses. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.Most dentists run a dental practice.  This is a small business setting that may employ from 1 to 50 employees depending on the size of the practice.  Typical benefits may include vacation, 401K, healthcare insurance, and other benefits.

International Salary


Dental Foundation Year 1 (DF1) graduates working as vocational dental practitioners (VDPs) start on £30,132 a year. Most dentists are self-employed contractors, mixing NHS with private work, and earn between £50,000 and £110,000 annually, while wholly private dentists can earn £140,000+.

Some dentists choose to work in salaried posts in the Community Dental Service (CDS), known in England as the Salaried Primary Dental Care Service (SPDCS). Salaries in the CDS/SPDCS range from £37,714 to £80,674. Other salaried posts exist in the armed forces and in corporate practices.


Dentists treat patients in overall oral health and hygiene. They provide routine cleaning for patients as well as treat dental diseases, and facilitate cosmetic dental procedures. They should have specialized knowledge of oral health and be able to identify signs of oral and tooth complications or degradation.

  • Starting salary: $55,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $105,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $82,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:12,300 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 14,800)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for full time Dental Practitioner is 38.7 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Dental Practitioner include:NSW: 33.2%QLD: 25.7%VIC: 17.2%


A typical full-time annual salary for Dentist in Canada is of $120,000 – $180,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Stratford / Bruce Peninsula, Ontario at $188.62 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $23.72 per hour.

Employment prospects for dentists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand for dentists will increase for the near future.

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