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Income and Gross Billings

What is a dentist’s average net income?

The average net income for a private practitioner in 2017 was $197,190 for a general practitioner and $320,990 for a specialist.

Source: Income, Gross Billings, and Expenses: Selected 2017 Results from the Survey of Dental Practice (Tables in Excel).  

Related Item: Dentist Earnings and Busyness in the U.S. (Health Policy Institute Infographic).

 

What are a dentist’s average annual gross billings?

The average gross billings per dentist for owner dentists in 2017 was $718,790 for a general practitioner and $1,058,630 for a specialist.

Source: Income, Gross Billings, and Expenses: Selected 2017 Results from the Survey of Dental Practice (Tables in Excel).

 

Does the ADA have information on income by state and city?

No. The Survey of Dental Practice series only provides information on a national level and by the nine U.S. Census regions. 

For state and metropolitan-level dentist income data, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics. Available from: https://data.bls.gov/oes/#/home

 

What is the average salary for dental school faculty?

The ADA does not collect or publish this information. Contact the American Dental Education Association and ask about their most recent Faculty Salary Survey, which is available for purchase. 

 

What is the average salary of a public health dentist?

The ADA does not collect or publish this information. 

As an alternate source, see the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps report on dental officers, available from: https://www.usphs.gov/profession/dentist/secrets.aspx

 

Does the ADA have income information for dentists during their first year?

No. Due to sampling at the national level, the number of dental school graduates each year is generally too small to report reliable numbers.

 

What is the salary for a recent dental school graduate?

Please see the estimates below with these notes:

  • Due to a low number of responses, these estimates should be used with caution. They are liable to fluctuate from year to year.
  • These estimates are from our Survey of Dental Practice and are limited to answers from general practitioners in private practice with dental school graduation years of 2014-2016.
  • The Survey of Dental Practice is conducted annually by the ADA Health Policy Institute. The estimates below are based on combined responses from our 2018 survey.

$120,000 = median annual net income, general practitioners in private practice, limited to dentists with dental school graduation years 2014-2016. Among this group of dentists, half earned between $90,000 and $155,000 annually.

Source: 2018 Survey of Dental Practice.

 

What is the median hourly salary of a full-time dental hygienist and a full-time chairside dental assistant?

Nationally in 2017, the median hourly wage was $35.61 for dental hygienists and was $18.09 for dental assistants.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available at:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm

Related Item: For state or metropolitan-level wage data, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics. Available from: https://data.bls.gov/oes/#/home. The dental hygienist occupation falls under the category for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations. The dental assistant occupation falls under the category for Healthcare Support Occupations.