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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
95,920 2.4 % $ 86.94 $ 180,830 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Dentists, General:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 38.97 $ 55.43 $ 76.41 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 81,060 $ 115,290 $ 158,940 (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 85,120 10.06 $ 88.15 $ 183,340
Offices of Physicians 3,180 0.12 $ 78.62 $ 163,520
Outpatient Care Centers 2,520 0.26 $ 78.89 $ 164,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,580 0.03 $ 68.49 $ 142,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 880 0.04 $ 93.17 $ 193,800

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 85,120 10.06 $ 88.15 $ 183,340
Outpatient Care Centers 2,520 0.26 $ 78.89 $ 164,090
Offices of Physicians 3,180 0.12 $ 78.62 $ 163,520
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 140 0.06 $ 83.09 $ 172,820
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $ 66.68 $ 138,700

Top paying industries for Dentists, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 140 0.02 $ 102.85 $ 213,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 880 0.04 $ 93.17 $ 193,800
Offices of Dentists 85,120 10.06 $ 88.15 $ 183,340
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 140 0.06 $ 83.09 $ 172,820
Employment Services 270 0.01 $ 82.93 $ 172,490


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.





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 12,040 0.73 1.06 $ 77.07 $ 160,300
Texas 8,480 0.70 1.02 $ 88.66 $ 184,410
Florida 7,050 0.83 1.21 $ 86.98 $ 180,920
New York 6,270 0.72 1.05 $ 81.90 $ 170,350
Illinois 3,660 0.65 0.94 $ 95.42 $ 198,480




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)
Wyoming 300 1.16 1.69 $ 64.30 $ 133,750
Hawaii 660 1.15 1.66 $ 97.55 $ 202,890
Vermont 280 1.00 1.46 $ 122.21 $ 254,190
Washington 2,910 0.91 1.32 $ 90.16 $ 187,520
Utah 1,310 0.88 1.28 $ 71.02 $ 147,730




Top paying states for Dentists, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 280 0.63 0.92 $ 124.48 $ 258,920
Vermont 280 1.00 1.46 $ 122.21 $ 254,190
Alaska 220 0.74 1.07 $ 116.75 $ 242,850
Maine 420 0.74 1.07 $ 113.49 $ 236,060
New Hampshire 370 0.59 0.86 $ 106.94 $ 222,430





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 6,860 0.78 1.13 $ 81.29 $ 169,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,110 0.71 1.02 $ 65.87 $ 137,020
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,010 0.84 1.21 $ 110.94 $ 230,750
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,960 0.68 0.98 $ 92.31 $ 192,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,560 0.85 1.23 $ 105.63 $ 219,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,380 0.80 1.16 $ 69.53 $ 144,630
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,260 0.90 1.31 $ 100.72 $ 209,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,910 0.98 1.42 $ 81.64 $ 169,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,820 0.69 1.00 $ 77.08 $ 160,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,770 0.76 1.10 $ 85.30 $ 177,420




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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 220 1.95 2.83 $ 128.25 $ 266,760
St. George, UT 130 1.86 2.69 (8) (8)
Casper, WY 70 1.84 2.67 $ 79.22 $ 164,780
Grand Junction, CO 110 1.80 2.61 $ 57.42 $ 119,430
Leominster-Gardner, MA 80 1.66 2.41 $ 91.95 $ 191,260
Eau Claire, WI 120 1.58 2.29 $ 97.45 $ 202,700
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.56 2.26 $ 64.77 $ 134,730
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 80 1.54 2.23 (8) (8)
Prescott, AZ 90 1.52 2.21 $ 94.72 $ 197,010
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 210 1.44 2.09 $ 78.19 $ 162,640