According to the United States Department of Labor the median annual wages of salaried general dentists was $142,870 in May 2008
In 2002 the American Dental Association’s said, “General practitioners in the United States now earn an average of $173,140 yearly.” For a copy of the ADA report, see catalog #5102, at $75 for members, $112.50 for nonmembers or $225 for commercial firms (2568,[email protected]).
According to Forbes Magazine, the average dentist makes $122,883 a year.
Payscale.com listed a dentist annual income between: $92,727 – $152,641
Salary.com listed an average dentist’s annual income in the United States as $133,201
I think it is very safe to say that a dentists salary is almost always above the $100,000 range. Of course, I do frequently hear of dentists earning over $300,000. There are things which cause variation in a dentists salary. Here are some things that can change a dentists salary.
|Raise salary*||Lowers salary*|
|Owning your own practice
Having business skills
Working more hours
Decrease fixed overhead
Performing cosmetic dentistry
Doing complicated dental procedures at a profitable speed
Doing lots of smaller procedures very quickly
Getting advanced education in dentistry
Specializing (becoming a orthodontist etc…)
Taking cash payments for patients
Performing quality work
Having a large patient body
Hiring associate dentists or more hygienists
|Working for the military
Working for a large dental chain
Working fewer hours
Over staffing your business
*These are just generalizations and are not always true when applied to specific cases.
If a dentist wants more money, he/she can usually get more money by working harder or working smarter. But don’t make your decision to become a dentist purely on income.