Information About Dentists, General

What is this career like?

I can definitively say that being a dentist has been a rewarding, yet challenging decision. If you run your dental practice right you can make a decent living, but it's not as easy as most folks think. In reality it's basically like running a small business. You have to hone your management skills. You have to gain clients, advertise, pay your employees, and manage time, marketing, receptionist, and other overhead. I would recommend anyone considering being a dentist to spend a day shadowing a dentist to see what their life is like before committing to school.

You need to apply to school a year in advance and focus on your grades and science classes if you are serious. It is hard work but I have the freedom to adjust my schedule when I like and enjoying being my own boss.

Training

Dentists, general need first professional degree.

Degrees for Dentists, general
Training for Dentists, General
Percent
Less than High School 0.1
High School 0.4
Some College 0.3
Associates Degree 0.4
Bachelors Degree 1.2
Masters Degree 1.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 96.2

Employment

Represents about 120,000 people in the United States- 28.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 18,000 more dentists, general but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 51,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, dentists, general make $77.76 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dentists, general $35.80 $49.00 $68.60 $high $high
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $14.60 $20.30 $28.60 $40.00 $59.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, dentists, general make $161,750 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dentists, general $74,490 $102,090 $142,740 $high $high
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $30,500 $42,330 $59,570 $83,330 $124,550
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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