Dentist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Dentists are valued differently in different countries. In the United States the dentist salary is $124,310 dollars. In Canada and Australia the pay is in the $70,000 range and in New Zealand and the United Kingdom the pay is in the $50,000-$60,000 range. These numbers are all reported in US dollars. In addition to country differences, the pay will differ by experience, skills, and type of work environment.

Learn how the place where you choose to work, the skills you have, your experience, and the industry type impact salary and benefits for a dentist career.

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How Much Does a Dentist Make per Year by Country?

Dentist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $65.00 C$54.00 ($40.08) E25.00 ($26.51) AU$49.00

($35.96)

NZ$38.72* ($27.14) Rs 500 ($7.35) R202.81* ($14.02)
Annual Pay $124,310 C$102,972 ($76,429) E49,281 ($52,266) AU$96,694 ($70,963) NZ$80,536 ($56,458) Rs 347,040 ($5,098) R421,850 ($29,153)

*These figures are estimated based on the other pay given on Payscale, assumes a 40 hour work week.

Dentist Salary Influencing Factors

The salary numbers reported below are based on people reporting their salary to Payscale. This is not necessarily representative of the salary of all dentists, but is a reliable sample to get a sense of what dentists earn.

1. Location

How Much Does a Dentist Make in the US?

Dentists in the United States are the fifth highest wage earners globally. Their hourly rate is $22.98 to $91.35 and the annual salary is $73,358 to $217,296 dollars. The bonus for dentists in the United States is $39,594, the profit share is from $9,863 to $206,706 and the commission is $17,500 dollars. The total salary is $71,904 to $213,309.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in Canada?

The dentist salary in Canada is between C$58,789 to C$230,996 dollars. A bonus of C$5,896 adds to the total salary. The normal hourly rate ranges from C$19.57 to C$101.45 with an overtime rate of C$61.04. The total take home pay is C$53,805 to C$213,671 annually.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in the UK?

The dentist salary in the United Kingdom ranges from E29,628 to E96,986 annually and E10.03 to E51.52 hourly. Dentists who work overtime can expect anywhere from E19.93 to E193.92. A bonus of up to E20,134 and profit share of E12,500 can increase the cumulative income. This income is anywhere from E29,636 to E97,535.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in Australia?

The 10th percentile of dentists in Australia will make AU$27.37 hourly and AU$55,533 annually while the 90th percentile will earn AU$95.51 hourly and AU$173,067 annually. A bonus of AU$36,477 may be earned with profit sharing of AU$15,250. The total salary is AU$57,339 to AU$175,460 dollars.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in New Zealand?

The average salary for dentists in New Zealand is NZ$50,335 to NZ$119,195. This breaks down to an hourly rate of NZ$24.19 to NZ$57.30. According to Insider Monkey, the salary for dentists in New Zealand is the sixth highest globally. There are no reported typical bonuses or commissions so the total pay is the same as the average salary.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in India?

As with many other professions in India, there is a large gap between the bottom and top of wage earners. The hourly rate ranges from Rs 48 to Rs 3,000 and the annual salary ranges from Rs 117,022 to Rs 1,183017. The bonus fluctuates between Rs 974 to Rs 98,986. A profit share of Rs 25,000 may be received. The total salary is Rs 116,917 to Rs 1,196,882.

How Much Does a Dentist Make in South Africa?

Dentists in South Africa can expect to make anywhere from R231,923 to R860,014. While some dentist will get a small bonus of R5,034, others will earn a large bonus of R158,927. The hourly rate is R111.50 to R413.46 based on a 40 hour work week. The total take home pay is R233,866 to R866,941.

2. Experience

Dentists in all countries have to complete extensive schooling and clinical training before they can practice dentistry. This gives even entry-level dentists a certain amount of experience. That being said, different countries reward experience differently.

In Australia and South Africa, the pay peaks from 10-20 years while in Canada the pay increases the most from entry-level to mid-career, and then stagnates. In India, the pay increases sharply from 25% below the median for entry-level to 519% above the median for late career dentists. While in the United Kingdom and the United States pay increases gradually and consistently as the dentists gain more experience.

3. Industry

In the United Kingdom, dentists can work in a private practice and serve patients who are private or government pay. Their income will differ based on what type of patient they are seeing. Private paying patients allow for more flexibility and less restrictions.

In the United States, dentists will work either in their own practice, with a group of associates, or in a larger dental clinic. Typically, dentists who work in general medical will receive a lower salary than those who work in a private dental clinic. The industries that higher the most dentists are either in dentist offices or in outpatient care centers.

People who are interested in pursuing a dentist career in Australia can explore industry numbers from the Australian Dental Industry Association. This is a critical association for healthy communication between the dentist and the dental industry.

Schedule & Working Hours

The vast majority of dentists work full-time. Dentists in New Zealand may have to work up to five years in a part-time nature before they receive a full-time position. In the United States, most dentists will work in an office with only other dentists and dental assistants. Dentists may have to work evenings and weekends depending on the type of office they work in. Dentists who work on their own have much more flexibility in their hours than associate dentists.

Bonuses & Benefits

In the United States, there are some states that are more business friendly for dentists than other states. The most dentists work in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania dentists have the lowest salary at $150,620 dollars. The top paying states are Delaware are $227,160 and New Hampshire at $217,90 dollars. Beyond state specific benefits, the health benefits by country are listed in the table below.

Country United States Canada United Kingdom Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Medical 59 33 24 22 32 35
Dental 49 48 43 26 50 32 24
Vision 30 17 8 6 5 14

Career Outlook

In the United States, dentistry jobs are expected to grow 18% by 2024. The need for dentists varies with the demographics of the country. For example, in the United States, the aging population means that more dentists are necessary to fulfill demand.

Countries that have universal dental care will also lead to an increase or growth in the dentist career as more patients can afford to see the dentist. For example, dentists in the United Kingdom will see patients who are private pay or who are on government assistance.

When looking at specific locations, in Australia Adelaide based dentists receive a pay 8% below the median while in Canada Vancouver and Toronto dentists will receive a lower pay.

When looking at gender ratios, India is the only country that has more female than male dentists. Canada has the most male dentists at 75% male and 25% female.

Conclusion

Dentists in all countries work in a respected profession and have skills that are always in demand. These professionals will have differences in pay based on the country and type of industry they choose to work in.

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