How Much Does A Dentist Make?

The educational preparation to become a dentist is long and challenging but it is well-worth it in the end. Dentists stand to earn six-figure incomes, with those working as oral and maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists earning very lucratively.

As the realization that oral health is a vital component of overall health grows more widespread, the demand for dentists is expected to grow quite rapidly in the next few years, making this a good career to pursue for those who are dedicated to keeping people’s teeth and gums healthy.

Dentist Salary

Average Dentist Annual Salary

$173,860

The average annual salary for dentists is $173,860 a year. Salaries start at $67,690 a year and go up to $208,000 a year.

Average Dentist Hourly Wage

$83.59

The average hourly wage for a dentist is $83.59. Hourly wages were between $32.54 and $100 an hour.

Stats were based out of 105,620 employed dentists in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Dentist

greater than $208,000/year greater than $100.00/hour

(Top 10% of Dentists)


Mid Level Dentist

$153,900/year $73.99/hour

(Median)


Junior Dentist

$106,180/year $51.05/hour

(Bottom 25% of Dentists)


Entry Level Dentist

$67,690/year $32.54/hour

(Bottom 10% of Dentists)


Dentist Average Salary Comparison

Anesthesiologists
$269k / year
$129 / hour
Surgeons
$252k / year
$121 / hour
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
$234k / year
$112 / hour
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$232k / year
$111 / hour
Orthodontists
$228k / year
$109 / hour
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
$205k / year
$98 / hour
Internists, General
$201k / year
$97 / hour
Psychiatrists
$200k / year
$96 / hour
Family and General Practitioners
$200k / year
$96 / hour
Pediatricians, General
$184k / year
$88 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Dentists

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Dentists

Dentist Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Delaware $113.53 $236,130
#2 North Carolina $113.47 $236,020
#3 Alaska $112.61 $234,240
#4 New Hampshire $106.00 $220,480
#5 Nevada $101.29 $210,690
#6 Wisconsin $101.11 $210,300
#7 Minnesota $98.95 $205,810
#8 Connecticut $98.71 $205,310
#9 North Dakota $97.23 $202,240
#10 Ohio $93.00 $193,430
#11 Oregon $92.44 $192,280
#12 South Carolina $92.08 $191,520
#13 Idaho $91.95 $191,250
#14 Maine $91.92 $191,200
#15 Massachusetts $90.39 $188,020
#16 Tennessee $90.14 $187,500
#17 Vermont $89.21 $185,560
#18 Arkansas $89.03 $185,170
#19 Iowa $88.90 $184,910
#20 Washington $88.55 $184,190
#21 Alabama $88.21 $183,480
#22 Hawaii $86.50 $179,920
#23 Virginia $85.40 $177,640
#24 Kansas $85.28 $177,380
#25 Kentucky $84.97 $176,730
#26 Montana $84.64 $176,050
#27 Wyoming $84.30 $175,350
#28 Colorado $84.23 $175,210
#29 Georgia $83.58 $173,850
#30 Missouri $83.04 $172,720
#31 Mississippi $82.98 $172,600
#32 Michigan $82.82 $172,270
#33 Texas $82.62 $171,850
#34 New York $81.88 $170,300
#35 Oklahoma $81.16 $168,820
#36 Arizona $81.11 $168,710
#37 New Mexico $80.60 $167,650
#38 Florida $79.89 $166,180
#39 Maryland $79.40 $165,140
#40 California $79.01 $164,330
#41 West Virginia $78.22 $162,690
#42 Indiana $78.07 $162,390
#43 Rhode Island $77.92 $162,070
#44 South Dakota $77.15 $160,480
#45 Nebraska $76.33 $158,770
#46 Illinois $75.07 $156,150
#47 New Jersey $72.96 $151,750
#48 Pennsylvania $67.47 $140,340
#49 Utah $61.29 $127,480
#50 Louisiana $60.59 $126,030
#51 District of Columbia $54.76 $113,910
#52 Puerto Rico $25.03 $52,060

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Dentist

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