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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1021 Dentists, General

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care. Excludes “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons” (29-1022), “Orthodontists” (29-1023), “Prosthodontists” (29-1024), and “Dentists, All Other Specialists” (29-1029).


National estimates for Dentists, General
Industry profile for Dentists, General
Geographic profile for Dentists, General

National estimates for Dentists, General:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Dentists, General:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
108,680 3.3 % $ 80.37 $ 167,160 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Dentists, General:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 30.20 $ 48.83 $ 77.10 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 62,810 $ 101,570 $ 160,370 (5) (5)


Industry profile for Dentists, General:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Dentists, General are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Dentists, General, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Dentists, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 96,750 9.96 $ 81.21 $ 168,910
Outpatient Care Centers 3,250 0.33 $ 77.66 $ 161,530
Offices of Physicians 2,890 0.11 $ 76.37 $ 158,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,860 0.03 $ 59.79 $ 124,350
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 890 0.04 $ 88.35 $ 183,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Dentists, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 96,750 9.96 $ 81.21 $ 168,910
Outpatient Care Centers 3,250 0.33 $ 77.66 $ 161,530
Offices of Physicians 2,890 0.11 $ 76.37 $ 158,850
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 350 0.04 $ 85.91 $ 178,700
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 90 0.04 $ 67.38 $ 140,150

Top paying industries for Dentists, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 80 0.03 $ 90.85 $ 188,960
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 890 0.04 $ 88.35 $ 183,770
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 350 0.04 $ 85.91 $ 178,700
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $ 82.37 $ 171,330
Offices of Dentists 96,750 9.96 $ 81.21 $ 168,910


Geographic profile for Dentists, General:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Dentists, General are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Dentists, General, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of dentists, general by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Dentists, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,770 0.89 1.16 $ 79.78 $ 165,950
Texas 9,540 0.78 1.01 $ 72.15 $ 150,060
Florida 8,080 0.94 1.22 $ 79.02 $ 164,370
New York 6,370 0.73 0.95 $ 82.11 $ 170,800
Virginia 4,880 1.30 1.68 $ 78.25 $ 162,750


Map of location quotient of dentists, general by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dentists, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 4,880 1.30 1.68 $ 78.25 $ 162,750
Hawaii 620 1.13 1.46 $ 85.49 $ 177,820
New Mexico 860 1.11 1.44 $ 91.07 $ 189,430
Idaho 720 0.95 1.23 $ 59.98 $ 124,750
Florida 8,080 0.94 1.22 $ 79.02 $ 164,370


Map of annual mean wages of dentists, general by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Dentists, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 270 0.62 0.80 $ 112.43 $ 233,860
New Hampshire 350 0.55 0.71 $ 108.24 $ 225,140
Oregon 1,430 0.79 1.02 $ 99.70 $ 207,370
Rhode Island 350 0.76 0.98 $ 99.33 $ 206,600
Connecticut 1,370 0.87 1.13 $ 95.15 $ 197,910



Map of employment of dentists, general by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Dentists, General:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,110 0.82 1.06 $ 87.59 $ 182,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,520 0.98 1.27 $ 70.53 $ 146,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,260 1.11 1.44 $ 83.65 $ 174,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,140 0.74 0.96 $ 64.79 $ 134,770
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,120 1.27 1.65 $ 70.89 $ 147,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,040 1.05 1.36 $ 76.91 $ 159,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,250 1.00 1.30 $ 87.36 $ 181,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,240 0.84 1.10 $ 90.97 $ 189,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,220 0.86 1.11 $ 85.75 $ 178,360
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,660 1.19 1.54 $ 66.83 $ 139,000


Map of location quotient of dentists, general by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dentists, General:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 110 2.17 2.81 $ 73.16 $ 152,170
Flint, MI 240 1.89 2.45 $ 83.85 $ 174,410
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 540 1.81 2.35 $ 60.28 $ 125,380
St. George, UT 120 1.56 2.03 $ 64.26 $ 133,650
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,110 1.56 2.02 $ 78.01 $ 162,260
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.49 1.93 $ 93.80 $ 195,110
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 200 1.38 1.79 $ 80.64 $ 167,720
Morgantown, WV 90 1.37 1.77 $ 58.15 $ 120,950
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.34 1.73 $ 93.75 $ 194,990
Wilmington, NC 170 1.33 1.72 $ 86.55 $ 180,030