How Much do Dentists Make?

Do dentists make a lot of money? What is the average pay for dentists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dentists in the United States earn an average of $178,260 a year, equivalent to $85.70 an hour. Dentists make 233% more than the average American worker.

Dentists in Rhode Island are the best paid, making $262,900 a year, while dentists in West Virginia make the least at $126,880.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
  • May not include business profits of dentists running their own practice
Dentist Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th > $104 > $208,000
75th > $104 > $208,000
50th $74.81 $155,600
25th $54.36 $113,060
10th $38.87 $80,850
Dentist Wages by State

In what states do dentists make the most? In what states do dentists make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $75.50 $157,040
Alaska $115.35 $239,930
Arizona $92.58 $192,570
Arkansas $80.97 $168,420
California $74.84 $155,670
Colorado $81.29 $169,070
Connecticut $92.57 $192,540
Florida $83.48 $173,630
Georgia $90.21 $187,640
Hawaii $87.60 $182,210
Idaho $98.10 $204,060
Illinois $90.95 $189,170
Indiana $85.94 $178,750
Iowa $90.18 $187,570
Kansas $88.49 $184,070
Kentucky $62.17 $129,310
Louisiana $74.69 $155,350
Maine $105.96 $220,400
Maryland $76.51 $159,130
Massachusetts $92.72 $192,860
Michigan $104.00 $216,310
Minnesota $102.50 $213,210
Mississippi $73.67 $153,220
Missouri $81.42 $169,360
Montana $72.20 $150,170
Nebraska $66.47 $138,250
Nevada $98.19 $204,240
New Hampshire $103.66 $215,600
New Jersey $91.08 $189,460
New Mexico $87.70 $182,420
New York $80.33 $167,090
North Carolina $92.27 $191,920
North Dakota $108.54 $225,770
Ohio $93.97 $195,460
Oklahoma $83.59 $173,860
Oregon $96.96 $201,680
Pennsylvania $79.21 $164,760
Rhode Island $126.39 $262,900
South Carolina $85.33 $177,480
South Dakota $89.11 $185,350
Tennessee $83.35 $173,360
Texas $88.22 $183,510
Utah $64.77 $134,730
Vermont $125.86 $261,790
Virginia $89.98 $187,150
Washington $89.06 $185,240
West Virginia $61.00 $126,880
Wisconsin $99.69 $207,350
Wyoming $61.53 $127,990
Metro Areas Where Dentists Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Burlington, NC $133.82 $278,360
Burlington, VT $132.42 $275,430
Longview, TX $130.98 $272,440
Olympia, WA $128.48 $267,240
Reno, NV $123.32 $256,510
Providence, RI $122.22 $254,220
Amarillo, TX $121.68 $253,090
Iowa City, IA $121.00 $251,670
Fond du Lac, WI $118.93 $247,370
Madison, WI $116.74 $242,820
Dentist Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $85.70 $178,260
2018 $84.54 $175,840
2017 $83.71 $174,110
2016 $83.59 $173,860
2015 $82.86 $172,350
2014 $80.20 $166,810
2013 $79.12 $164,570
2012 $78.48 $163,240
2011 $77.76 $161,750