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Highest Paying Industries for Dentists

The top 53 highest paying industries for dentists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $169,430, management of companies and enterprises is the highest paying industry for dentists. It is followed by offices of dentists industry (average annual salary $159,610). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of dentists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 53 Highest Paying Industries for Dentists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$169,430
n/a
2 Offices of Dentists
$159,610
102,200
3 Federal government, including USPS
$157,640
2,110
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$157,640
2,110
5 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$157,030
107,990
6 Health Care and Social Assistance
$155,920
110,020
7 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$144,680
410
8 Employment Services
$143,990
630
9 Administrative and Support Services
$143,830
650
10 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$143,830
650
11 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$141,400
130
12 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$140,400
3,910
13 Federal, State, and Local Government
$140,400
3,910
14 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$139,320
290
15 Temporary Help Services
$137,900
440
16 Offices of Physicians
$137,500
3,190
17 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$137,500
40
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$137,330
n/a
19 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$137,080
4,800
20 Outpatient Care Centers
$135,930
2,060
21 Finance and Insurance
$134,110
70
22 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$133,790
80
23 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$133,790
80
24 Hospitals - State government owned
$131,540
160
25 Educational Services - Local government owned
$130,330
50
26 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$130,250
n/a
27 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$129,150
1,050
28 State government, including schools and hospitals
$128,650
1,530
29 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$128,540
60
30 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$127,530
1,180
31 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$127,520
300
32 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$127,070
1,580
33 Educational Services - State government owned
$126,820
320
34 Hospitals - Privately owned
$126,060
1,290
35 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$126,060
1,820
36 Educational Services
$125,690
510
37 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$125,570
750
38 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$125,460
440
39 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$125,180
1,160
40 Social Assistance
$124,610
150
41 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$124,200
110
42 Individual and Family Services
$123,490
140
43 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$123,210
360
44 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$123,030
60
45 Hospitals - Local government owned
$122,950
360
46 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$110,080
n/a
47 Educational Services - Privately owned
$108,310
140
48 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$105,250
n/a
49 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$102,810
140
50 Home Health Care Services
$101,650
50
51 Manufacturing
$74,730
40
52 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$72,240
40
53 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$72,240
40