How Much Do Dentists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Dentists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$180830 per year
Hourly wage
$87 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$81,060 to $115,290 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$39 to $55 per hour

Entry-level Dentists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $81,060 to $115,290 per year or $39 to $55 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dentists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $100+ $208,000+
Middle (Mid 50%) $76 $158,940
Junior (Bottom 25%) $55 $115,290
No experience (Bottom 10%) $39 $81,060

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
RI $124 $258,920
VT $122 $254,190
AK $117 $242,850
ME $113 $236,060
NH $107 $222,430
CT $106 $221,440
OR $104 $215,750
MN $103 $213,310
MI $103 $213,250
ID $99 $206,360

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dentist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like RI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at RI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dentists are in the states of RI, VT, AK, ME and NH.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $213930 $102.85
State Government $193800 $93.17
Offices of Dentists $183340 $88.15
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $172820 $83.09
Employment Services $172490 $82.93
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $171060 $82.24
Management of Companies and Enterprises $165990 $79.80
Outpatient Care Centers $164090 $78.89
Offices of Physicians $163520 $78.62
Local Government $159220 $76.55
Individual and Family Services $150570 $72.39
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $148280 $71.29
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $142450 $68.49
Junior Colleges $141380 $67.97
Specialty Hospitals $138700 $66.68
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $131200 $63.08
Insurance Carriers $130930 $62.95
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $112990 $54.32

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