Dentist Salary Information

The salary statistics of dentists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of dentists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dentists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dentists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Dentist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dentists. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $158,120. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $106,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $70,000. We note that in the United States, the median (50th percentile) annual salary is almost 125% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dentists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
-1.04% 5.57%
0.91% -
2.32% -
2.16% -
1.32% -
- -

Table 2. Dentist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dentists in 7 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 dentists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $160,000. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $109,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Health Care and Social Assistance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Finance and Insurance
Educational Services


💰 Highest paying industries for dentists.