Dentist Salary

Dentists diagnose, treat, and examine injuries, deformations, and diseases of gums and teeth. They provide preventative dental care and fit dental appliances.

Salary

The average salary of dentists is $164,750 a year. The bottom 10% earns at most $72,240 a year. The top 10% earns at least $187,199 a year. The median salary is $105,520 a year.

The best industries for employment are offices of dentists (86,170 employed, $167,370 average); offices of physicians (3,030 employed, $145,050 average); and outpatient care centers (1,560 employed, $144,750 average). The best paying industry is offices of dentists.

The top three paying states are New Hampshire ($229,040), Delaware ($226,910), and Vermont ($215,410).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of dentists is expected to increase by 16% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average.

Dentist Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $85,050 $181,430 NA $186,430
Alaska $130,200 NA NA $208,650
Arizona $84,980 $132,650 NA $154,260
Arkansas $64,280 $132,410 NA $152,200
California $70,300 $134,870 NA $147,750
Colorado $42,360 $129,480 NA $143,910
Connecticut $100,520 $183,960 NA $192,870
Delaware $151,970 NA NA $226,910
Florida $64,390 $135,560 NA $153,260
Georgia $72,900 NA NA $189,550
Hawaii $55,460 $125,390 NA $152,810
Idaho $48,490 $156,070 NA $154,810
Illinois $65,450 $123,480 NA $133,260
Indiana $76,510 $137,470 NA $157,930
Iowa $68,970 $155,590 NA $171,610
Kansas $47,070 $140,800 NA $152,040
Kentucky $84,090 $139,260 NA $157,290
Louisiana $45,450 $135,510 NA $144,460
Maine $112,720 $181,090 NA $194,990
Maryland $47,640 $133,680 NA $151,640
Massachusetts $91,650 $144,030 NA $170,290
Michigan $67,050 $153,620 NA $166,070
Minnesota $115,470 $179,110 NA $193,100
Mississippi $59,590 $149,170 NA $164,110
Missouri $64,790 $148,310 NA $165,930
Montana $55,210 $109,130 NA $131,120
Nebraska $54,780 $139,790 NA $162,710
Nevada $24,810 $90,580 NA $128,920
New Hampshire $130,970 NA NA $229,040
New Jersey $96,840 $133,840 NA $153,690
New Mexico $74,980 $173,240 NA $175,020
New York $101,100 $140,580 NA $160,950
North Carolina $93,210 $176,220 NA $187,210
North Dakota $117,910 NA NA $208,960
Ohio $102,730 $178,100 NA $188,800
Oklahoma $48,580 $130,070 NA $143,910
Oregon $69,590 $155,290 NA $178,170
Pennsylvania $81,670 $153,880 NA $164,890
Rhode Island $94,460 $158,630 NA $168,290
South Carolina $64,030 $153,830 NA $169,390
South Dakota $99,880 $140,900 NA $171,850
Tennessee $102,210 $180,240 NA $190,380
Texas $83,130 $181,740 NA $186,520
Utah $45,540 $109,700 $175,070 $113,630
Vermont $94,660 NA NA $215,410
Virginia $58,280 $158,680 NA $165,400
Washington $74,270 NA NA $194,390
West Virginia $89,740 $164,660 NA $177,740
Wisconsin $64,740 $169,910 NA $177,430
Wyoming $68,940 $165,180 NA $176,920