u.s. income, workforce and dentist-to-population ratio statistics
Entry-Level Salary of Dentists:
- The median entry-level salary for a dentist is $118,800
- The average net income for a private practitioner in 2015 was $179,960 for a general practitioner and $320,460 for a specialist
- The average gross billings per dentist for owner dentists in 2015 was $647,550 for a general practitioner and $1,032,530 for a specialist
- In 2015, the average age of retirement among U.S. dentists was 68.8, up from 66.1 in 2005
- If the large U.S. DSOs merged tomorrow, they would control over 24,000 dental operatories and employ over 8,000 dentists
- As of 2016, there are 196,441 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the U.S.
- From 1960 to 2014, the number of dentists in the United States increased by 127%
- As of 2016, there are 60.8 dentists working in dentistry per 100,000 U.S. population
- Increases in the dentist-to-population ratio in the U.S. are 8% this decade, 2.8% during the last decade, 5.5% in the 1980's and 10.3% in the 1970's
- Among the 196,441 dentists working in dentistry in 2016, 29.8% were female
- Among the 196,441 dentists working in dentistry in 2016, 16.1% were under age 35, 22.9% were between ages 35 and 44, 21.3% were between ages 45 and 54, 24.4% were between ages 55 and 64, and 15.3% were over age 65
- Less than 10% of all active dentists in the U.S. were specialists back in 1970. Today, about 22.5% of dentists are specialists
- By 2020, pediatric dentists will be the second largest group of practicing dental specialists in the U.S., trailing only orthodontists
Data Sources: American Dental Association Health Policy Institute; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; American Dental Education Association; PayScale.