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Dentist Earnings

The median annual wage for dentists was $154,640 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $70,220, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $187,200. Earnings vary according to number of years in practice, location, hours worked, and specialty.

The median annual wages of dentist occupations in May 2014 were the following:

Equal to or greater than $187,200 for oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Equal to or greater than $187,200 for orthodontists
$170,110 for dentists, all other specialists
$149,540 for general dentists
$100,280 for prosthodontists

Most dentists work full time. Some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients' needs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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