Salary for General Dentists

Also known as:  Family Dentist

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Individuals in the profession of dentistry assist in preventative care and patient education regarding oral hygiene. Additionally, they treat diseases of the gums and oral mucosa, examine teeth and soft tissues, and provide treatment plans based on patient requirements. They may prescribe antibiotics, order prosthodontic devices and/or create oral prosthetics, administer local or general anesthesia, and treat malformations of the teeth and gums. They may also repair cavities and conduct root canals if necessary. A doctoral degree is generally required for this position, and additional certification may be necessary.

A General Dentist will normally get salaries ranging from $81,060 and $208,000 depending on tenure and industry expertise. Dentists can earn an average compensation of one hundred and eigthy thousand eight hundred and thirty dollars per annum.

Dentists can expect the most salary in Rhode Island, which has average pay scales of close to about $258,920. Professionals that work in these jobs obtain the highest pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, which has an average salary rate of $181,360.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.64 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

General Dentists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$181,360
Public Administration
$176,790
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$175,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$165,990
Manufacturing
$143,700
Educational Services
$126,070

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Finance and Insurance
$124,670
Educational Services
$126,070
Manufacturing
$143,700
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$165,990
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$175,330
Public Administration
$176,790