Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
110,400 1.9 % $83.71 $174,110 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.28 $50.38 $72.81 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $69,210 $104,800 $151,440 (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 99,490 10.67 $84.92 $176,630
Outpatient Care Centers 2,880 0.33 $73.47 $152,810
Offices of Physicians 2,760 0.11 $74.85 $155,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,650 0.03 $66.57 $138,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 960 0.04 $80.38 $167,200

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 99,490 10.67 $84.92 $176,630
Outpatient Care Centers 2,880 0.33 $73.47 $152,810
Offices of Physicians 2,760 0.11 $74.85 $155,690
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 960 0.04 $80.38 $167,200
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $63.94 $132,990

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 40 0.01 $89.23 $185,610
Offices of Dentists 99,490 10.67 $84.92 $176,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 960 0.04 $80.38 $167,200
Employment Services 370 0.01 $77.30 $160,790
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 320 0.04 $75.64 $157,320


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 17,130 1.03 1.33 $75.91 $157,890
Texas 8,350 0.70 0.91 $83.12 $172,890
New York 8,340 0.91 1.17 $80.83 $168,120
Florida 6,590 0.78 1.01 $80.10 $166,610
Illinois 4,630 0.78 1.01 $77.53 $161,270




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)
Hawaii 700 1.10 1.42 $83.69 $174,070
California 17,130 1.03 1.33 $75.91 $157,890
Montana 460 1.00 1.29 $77.43 $161,060
New Jersey 3,880 0.97 1.25 $79.00 $164,310
Arizona 2,620 0.97 1.25 $84.28 $175,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 380 0.86 1.11 $123.70 $257,290
North Dakota 200 0.49 0.63 $114.51 $238,170
Alaska 200 0.64 0.83 $114.01 $237,140
North Carolina 3,230 0.75 0.97 $108.60 $225,890
New Hampshire 510 0.78 1.01 $105.73 $219,920



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,580 0.98 1.27 $77.98 $162,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,620 1.04 1.35 $65.16 $135,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,510 0.68 0.88 $69.75 $145,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,080 0.83 1.08 $83.05 $172,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,000 0.68 0.88 $91.06 $189,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.22 1.57 $78.65 $163,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,940 0.98 1.26 $87.57 $182,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.77 0.99 $96.40 $200,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,910 0.73 0.94 $84.34 $175,430
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,770 0.96 1.24 $75.42 $156,860


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Barnstable Town, MA 210 2.07 2.67 $84.56 $175,880
Fayetteville, NC 230 1.78 2.29 $100.77 $209,590
Flint, MI 240 1.76 2.27 $99.86 $207,700
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 500 1.60 2.07 $68.06 $141,560
Prescott, AZ 100 1.59 2.05 $78.36 $162,980
Carson City, NV 40 1.55 2.00 $113.53 $236,130
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 1.53 1.98 $75.83 $157,720
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 160 1.47 1.89 $91.31 $189,920
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 220 1.44 1.87 $107.08 $222,730
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.44 1.86 $98.89 $205,690