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Dentists are well compensated for the services they provide. According to the BLS, dentists earned a median salary of $145,240 in 2012. The best-paid earned more than $187,999, while the lowest-paid earned less than $74,130. Dentists who work in private offices are paid particularly well, but so are those who work alongside other health practitioners. Certain cities also compensate well – specifically, the metropolitan areas of Nashua, N.H., Tyler, Texas and Odessa, Texas.

Job Salary Year
2004 $134,700.00
2006 $142,080.00
2008 $155,320.00
2010 $159,510.00
2012 $163,000.00

Average Dentist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary that was slightly above $163,000 in 2012, dentists earn far more than most other health care workers. Dental assistants earn $35,080, and dental hygienists have an average salary of $70,700. Registered nurses and pharmacists also make less than the average dentist. There are a few health care occupations that make salaries higher than that of a dentist. For instance, physicians earn $191,520.

Job Name Salary
Dentist $145,240.00
Pharmacist $116,670.00
Dental Hygienist $70,210.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Clinical Laboratory Technician $37,240.00
Dental Assistant $34,500.00

Best Paying Cities for Dentists

The highest paid in the dentist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Holland, Michigan, Tyler, Texas, and Odessa, Texas. The Nashua, New Hampshire area also pays well, as does the city of Spokane, Washington.

Holland, Michigan

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The annual median wage of a dentist working in Holland, Michigan is greater than $250,000. It's also more than the average salary for this profession.

Tyler, Texas

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The annual median wage of a dentist working in Tyler, Texas is greater than $250,000. It's also more than the average salary for this profession.

Odessa, Texas

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The annual median wage of a dentist working in Odessa, Texas is greater than $250,000. It's also more than the average salary for this profession.

Nashua, New Hampshire

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The annual median wage of a dentist working in Nashua, New Hampshire is greater than $250,000. It's also more than the average salary for this profession.

Spokane, Washington

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The annual median wage of a dentist working in Spokane, Washington is greater than $250,000. It's also more than the average salary for this profession.

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