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Dental incomes vary depending on where you live

May 14, 2019

Average annual net income, general dentists, adjusted for cost of living, 2018

The average annual income of general dentists in 2018 was $175,840 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To be able to compare dentist incomes across states, the ADA Health Policy Institute performed additional analysis, adjusting the state-level average incomes for cost of living.

General dentists in Delaware ($263,912), Rhode Island ($255,211) and Alaska ($246,063) had the highest average annual income after adjusting for cost of living, while general dentists in Wyoming ($129,390), California ($132,421) and Louisiana ($137,190) had the lowest.

Information on annual dental income for general dentists in all 50 states is included in a new HPI infographic on