General Dentist Salary Information

The salary statistics of general dentists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of general dentists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The general dentists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. General Dentist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,690
25th Percentile Wage
$106,180
50th Percentile Wage
$153,900
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for general dentists. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $153,900. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $106,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,690. Notice that in the United States, the median (50th percentile) annual salary is almost 127% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of general dentists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016153,9000.78%5.63%
2015152,7002.07%-
2014149,5402.14%-
2013146,3400.75%-
2012145,240--

Table 2. General Dentist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of general dentists in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for general dentists occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $154,610. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $98,630).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$154,610
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$150,630
Federal, State, and Local Government
$140,770
Finance and Insurance
$125,090
Educational Services
$111,570
Manufacturing
$98,630

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of General Dentists by States

From the above tables we note that not only general dentists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of general dentists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $40,980 to $200,990. The highest paying state for general dentists is New Hampshire with a median annual salary of $200,990. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $40,980. For more salary information of general dentists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Hampshire
$200,990
Nevada
$196,410
North Dakota
$194,510
Wisconsin
$193,670
Connecticut
$188,950
Oregon
$182,390
Minnesota
$181,540
North Carolina
$176,220
Ohio
$175,270
Alabama
$174,170
Maine
$174,120
Arizona
$173,570
Vermont
$171,890
Alaska
$171,590
Tennessee
$170,180
Iowa
$169,120
Michigan
$168,700
Arkansas
$166,020
Washington
$165,420
Idaho
$164,400
Massachusetts
$162,630
South Carolina
$160,020
Texas
$159,640
Colorado
$155,900
Rhode Island
$152,780
Wyoming
$152,200
Kentucky
$152,160
Kansas
$150,700
Virginia
$149,090
Mississippi
$148,760
New Mexico
$147,310
New York
$147,000
California
$145,400
Maryland
$145,240
Montana
$143,220
Missouri
$143,010
South Dakota
$142,380
Indiana
$140,590
Nebraska
$139,280
Florida
$138,360
Oklahoma
$136,830
Georgia
$134,610
New Jersey
$132,850
West Virginia
$131,190
Hawaii
$130,330
Illinois
$127,710
Pennsylvania
$118,470
Utah
$105,740
District of Columbia
$104,800
Louisiana
$92,420
Puerto Rico
$40,980


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