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What Does it Take to Be a Dentist?

Dentist Definition All dentists not listed separately.

Other Dentist Job Titles

  • Oral Pathologist
  • Periodontist
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Pedodontist
  • Public Health Dentist

Is There Job Demand for Dentists?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 6,400 jobs in the United States for Dentist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Dentist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 300 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Dentist are Tennessee, Missouri, and Alaska. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, South Dakota, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Dentists Make A Lot Of Money?

The salary for Dentists ranges between about $87,250 and $208,000 a year.


Dentists who work in Minnesota, Nebraska, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

How much do Dentists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $177,900
Arkansas $175,030
California $184,140
Colorado $196,120
Georgia $156,190
Illinois $127,280
Kentucky $207,740
Louisiana $199,510
Maryland $165,800
Massachusetts $214,460
Michigan $125,100
Minnesota $217,410
Mississippi $125,140
Nebraska $238,080
Nevada $143,240
New Jersey $212,150
New Mexico $153,820
New York $182,160
North Carolina $207,640
North Dakota $263,240
Ohio $152,080
Oklahoma $116,150
Oregon $115,930
Pennsylvania $103,180
South Carolina $137,890
South Dakota $204,060
Tennessee $134,700
Texas $214,280
Washington $165,400
West Virginia $121,880
Wisconsin $238,170

Dentists Sector


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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