According to the ADA, the dentist average salary is in the highest 5% of U.S. family income. Earnings varied according to number of years in practice, office location, the hours worked, and the dental specialty. Self-employed dentists in private practice, tend to earn more than salaried dentists.
As of 2009, there were over 186,0841 dentists in private practice earning an average net salary just over $192,0002 per year for general practitioners and $305,8202 for specialists. Over half of all the dentists were self-employed or in a private practice setting.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were about 155,7003 dentists working with a median salary of $146,920 as of May 20104. Assuming that a dentist worked an average of 40 hours per week, the hourly median wage was found to be $70.64 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $71,210 annually, while those in the upper 10% earned more than $166,0005.
The dentist average salary of a state government dentist was higher than that of a federal government dentist employee. Of the dentists employed in the US, many work in the offices of other healthcare practitioners (dentists, doctors and etc), places which offered the best salaries.
Dentists usually advance by building their practices. Some become specialists, while others pursue high-level teaching, research, or administrative positions. Employment in dentistry is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations through the year 2020. It is not expected to keep up with the demand for dental care, where there is little access to care. Most jobs will result from the need to replace the large number of dentists projected to retire. Job prospects will be good and the demand for dentists will continue to grow as the population ages and requires more dental care, the demand for cosmetic services continues to rise, and more studies continue to show a link between oral health to overall health. At the same time, dentists are likely to hire more dental hygienists and dental assistants to handle some of the services they provide, rather than hiring more dentists.
1, 2 www.ada.org
3, 4, 5 www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dentists.htm