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Income and Gross Billings

What is a dentist’s average net income?

The average net income for dentists in private practice in 2018 was $190,440 for general dentists and $330,180 for specialists.

Source: Income, Gross Billings, and Expenses: Selected 2018 Results from the Survey of Dental Practice (Tables in Excel).  

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

Related item: How Do General Dentist Incomes Compare Across States? (Health Policy Institute Infographic).

 

What are a dentist’s average annual gross billings?

The average gross billings per owner dentist in private practice in 2018 was $717,350 for general practitioners and $1,016,080 for specialists.

Source: Income, Gross Billings, and Expenses: Selected 2018 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 2015-2017.
  • The Survey of Dental Practice is conducted annually by the ADA Health Policy Institute. The estimates below are based on combined responses from our 2019 survey.

$150,000 = 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 $98,000 and $180,000 annually.

Source: 2019 Survey of Dental Practice.

 

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

The national median hourly wage was $35.97 for dental hygienists and $18.59 for dental assistants in 2018.

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

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 is categorized under Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations. The dental assistant occupation is categorized under Healthcare Support Occupations.