How much does a Dentist make?

Updated Nov 29, 2023



Total Pay Range
$137K - $245K/yr
Base Pay
$125K - $224K/yr
Additional Pay
$11K - $21K/yr


Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Dentist is $182,073 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $166,833 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $15,241 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $137K-$245K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Dentist

$182,073 /yr
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Dentist III
$210,062 /yr
Lead Dentist
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What is the total pay trajectory for Dentist?

Job TitleSalary
Dentist$182,073 /yr
Dentist III
Lead Dentist$210,062 /yr

Top Paying Companies

For a Dentist in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Dentist in United States. Employers include ETS Dental, DENTEX DENTAL GROUP and Heartland Dental.

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Dental Power
Cloud Dentistry
Sutton Dental
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Top Paying Companies

For Dentist in United States

1ETS Dental$255,464
3Heartland Dental$225,448
4Dental Power$223,068
5Cloud Dentistry$216,826
6Sutton Dental$215,892
7Familia Dental$212,440
8Midwest Dental$211,689
10Willamette Dental Group$211,365
Total Pay Trajectory

For Dentist

$182,073 /yr
No Salary Reports
Dentist III
$210,062 /yr
Lead Dentist
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What is the total pay trajectory for Dentist?

Job TitleSalary
Dentist$182,073 /yr
Dentist III
Lead Dentist$210,062 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Dentist at different companies?

Total Pay Range
Western Dental Services
DentistSee 435 salaries from all locations


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Dental Dreams
DentistSee 262 salaries from all locations


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Kool Smiles
DentistSee 215 salaries from all locations


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Aspen Dental
DentistSee 202 salaries from all locations


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Pacific Dental Services
DentistSee 190 salaries from all locations


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Heartland Dental
DentistSee 109 salaries from all locations


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Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics
DentistSee 96 salaries from all locations


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DentistSee 65 salaries from all locations


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MB2 Dental
DentistSee 63 salaries from all locations


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Great Expressions Dental Centers
DentistSee 60 salaries from all locations


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Soumava Sen DDS
DentistSee 59 salaries from all locations


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ETS DentalDentistSee 46 salaries from all locations


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Midwest Dental
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Smile Brands
DentistSee 36 salaries from all locations


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MINT dentistry
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DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions
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Dentist Salaries

Job TitleSalary
Western Dental Services Dentist salaries - 435 salaries reported$94/hr
Dental Dreams Dentist salaries - 262 salaries reported$198,187/yr
Kool Smiles Dentist salaries - 215 salaries reported$194,703/yr
Aspen Dental Dentist salaries - 202 salaries reported$209,392/yr
Pacific Dental Services Dentist salaries - 190 salaries reported$199,001/yr
Heartland Dental Dentist salaries - 109 salaries reported$225,448/yr
Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics Dentist salaries - 96 salaries reported$187,811/yr
Benevis Dentist salaries - 65 salaries reported$199,266/yr
MB2 Dental Dentist salaries - 63 salaries reported$200,255/yr
Great Expressions Dental Centers Dentist salaries - 60 salaries reported$185,772/yr
Soumava Sen DDS Dentist salaries - 59 salaries reported$92/hr
ETS Dental Dentist salaries - 46 salaries reported$255,464/yr
Midwest Dental Dentist salaries - 43 salaries reported$211,689/yr
Smile Brands Dentist salaries - 36 salaries reported$192,897/yr
MINT dentistry Dentist salaries - 34 salaries reported$194,260/yr
DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions Dentist salaries - 33 salaries reported$195,621/yr
DENTAL EXPERTS Dentist salaries - 33 salaries reported$202,764/yr
GENERAL DENTISTRY Dentist salaries - 30 salaries reported$191,471/yr Dentist salaries - 29 salaries reported$181,084/yr
DentaQuest Dentist salaries - 28 salaries reported$189,418/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Dentist in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Dentist in United States are Healthcare with a median total pay of $195,256, Information Technology with a median total pay of $192,548, Nonprofit & NGO with a median total pay of $190,662, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $190,626, and Insurance with a median total pay of $189,418.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • HealthcareHealthcare$195,256

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$192,548

    1% Lower than other industries

  • Nonprofit & NGONonprofit & NGO$190,662

    2% Lower than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$190,626

    2% Lower than other industries

  • InsuranceInsurance$189,418

    3% Lower than other industries


Top paying companies in Healthcare for Dentist are DENTEX DENTAL GROUP, Heartland Dental, and Dental Power.

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental$225,448/yr
Dental PowerDental Power$223,068/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Healthcare?

Healthcare jobs, already in high demand, are expected to grow extensively to meet the increased need from an aging population. Careers in this industry are diverse, though most require additional training and pay above-average wages. Despite fewer opportunities for remote work than other professions, healthcare jobs can be found nearly everywhere, including both rural and urban settings. While careers in healthcare offer high job security, they also often involve long hours, including evening and weekend shift work, particularly for those just starting their career.

Dentist pay FAQ

The average salary for a Dentist is $182,073 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 4813 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Dentist employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Dentist in United States is $245,235 per year.

The lowest salary for a Dentist in United States is $136,555 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Dentist or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Dentist.

Dentists are among the most highly paid professionals. This salary reflects the field’s high educational barriers to entry and in-demand work. Dentists work full time, and often face irregular, holiday and overnight hours. While on duty, they may travel in between their primary care offices and an affiliated hospital. Some dentists work in group settings to coordinate patient care, which reduces independence but improves flexibility. Dentists trained by the top-ranking dental schools and those employed by the wealthiest hospitals often earn the highest pay.

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On average, 72% of dentists are satisfied with their current salary. Additionally, overtime, profit sharing, and performance bonuses can help dentists earn an extra $15,240.67 of additional pay, depending on the state in which they are employed.

As a dentist, your salary can range between $105,602.57 and $319,597.16, with an average salary of $166,832.72. By following a traditional dentist career path, your earnings can increase as you gain more experience. As they progress through their career, many dentists choose to open their own dental practice or purchase a pre-existing one as an effective way to maximize their earning potential.

A simple way to earn more money as a dentist is to work more hours. In the majority of cases, you will be paid overtime if you work over 40 hours per week, which can dramatically increase your earnings. This is especially true if you work on public holidays. You can also choose to complete a residency program in order to specialize in a particular area of dentistry. You can then expect a dramatic increase in compensation due to the highly specialized skills you'll acquire. You also have the option to take on managerial responsibilities in order to increase your earnings further.

You will likely benefit from browsing dentist jobs to gain an understanding of the salary rate for your area. If your current salary is comparatively low, you can negotiate for a raise on your current job or apply for a new one. During salary negotiation as a dentist, you need to show a track record of excellent work, bringing new patients into the practice, and a good bedside manner. You can also choose to relocate to a remote area or an area with a high demand for dentists. This will put you in a favorable position to negotiate a high salary.

Additional Resources

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