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What Does it Take to Be a Dentist?

Job Description: All dentists not listed separately.

Types of Dentist

  • Pedodontist
  • Cosmetic Dentist
  • Oral Pathologist
  • Periodontist
  • Public Health Dentist

Job Opportunities for Dentists

In the United States, there were 6,400 jobs for Dentist in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Dentist by 2026. The BLS estimates 300 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Dentists in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Dentist are Tennessee, Missouri, and Alaska. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, South Dakota, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Dentists Salary

Dentists make between $87,250 and $208,000 a year.

Salary Ranges for Dentists

Dentists who work in Minnesota, Nebraska, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

How much do Dentists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $177,900
Arkansas $175,030
California $184,140
Colorado $196,120
Georgia $156,190
Illinois $127,280
Kentucky $207,740
Louisiana $199,510
Maryland $165,800
Massachusetts $214,460
Michigan $125,100
Minnesota $217,410
Mississippi $125,140
Nebraska $238,080
Nevada $143,240
New Jersey $212,150
New Mexico $153,820
New York $182,160
North Carolina $207,640
North Dakota $263,240
Ohio $152,080
Oklahoma $116,150
Oregon $115,930
Pennsylvania $103,180
South Carolina $137,890
South Dakota $204,060
Tennessee $134,700
Texas $214,280
Washington $165,400
West Virginia $121,880
Wisconsin $238,170

Where Dentists Are Employed

Dentist Sectors

Dentists work in the following industries:

Dentist Industries


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