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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 "Prosthodontists" (29-1024), "Orthodontists" (29-1023), "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons" (29-1022) and "Dentists, All Other Specialists" (29-1029).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
110,730 1.9 % $85.70 $178,260 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $38.87 $54.36 $74.81 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $80,850 $113,060 $155,600 (5) (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 98,970 10.25 $86.85 $180,660
Offices of Physicians 3,340 0.13 $77.24 $160,670
Outpatient Care Centers 2,840 0.30 $75.94 $157,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,690 0.03 $70.03 $145,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $88.14 $183,320

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 98,970 10.25 $86.85 $180,660
Outpatient Care Centers 2,840 0.30 $75.94 $157,950
Offices of Physicians 3,340 0.13 $77.24 $160,670
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $88.14 $183,320
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 130 0.05 $75.74 $157,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 30 0.01 $94.89 $197,370
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 180 0.02 $94.16 $195,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $88.14 $183,320
Offices of Dentists 98,970 10.25 $86.85 $180,660
Employment Services 340 0.01 $79.48 $165,330


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 16,220 0.93 1.24 $74.84 $155,670
New York 8,780 0.92 1.22 $80.33 $167,090
Texas 8,590 0.69 0.92 $88.22 $183,510
Florida 7,110 0.81 1.07 $83.48 $173,630
Illinois 3,850 0.64 0.85 $90.95 $189,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 360 1.17 1.56 $125.86 $261,790
Wyoming 300 1.10 1.45 $61.53 $127,990
Hawaii 700 1.10 1.46 $87.60 $182,210
Utah 1,510 1.00 1.33 $64.77 $134,730
Washington 3,300 0.99 1.32 $89.06 $185,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 320 0.65 0.86 $126.39 $262,900
Vermont 360 1.17 1.56 $125.86 $261,790
Alaska 190 0.59 0.78 $115.35 $239,930
North Dakota 200 0.48 0.64 $108.54 $225,770
Maine 590 0.96 1.27 $105.96 $220,400





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

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 9,520 0.99 1.31 $82.04 $170,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,660 0.91 1.20 $68.18 $141,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,960 0.63 0.84 $88.64 $184,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,930 0.80 1.06 $99.61 $207,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,890 0.91 1.21 $93.73 $194,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,890 1.17 1.55 $81.60 $169,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,420 0.79 1.05 $80.14 $166,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,150 0.77 1.02 $92.59 $192,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,110 0.77 1.02 $84.20 $175,140
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,020 1.00 1.33 $81.87 $170,290