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How much do dentists make? 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that dentists make a mean annual income of $180,830 as of May 2020, which is approximately $86.94 per hour. The lowest 10 percent of dentists earned less than $81,060, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $158,940.

Note: This salary data is for general dentistry. It excludes specialities such as oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists and prosthodontists. 

How much do dentists earn in each state?

The table below compares dentist salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of dentists in each state as well as the number of dentists per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

Dentist Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Alaska
-
220
0.741
Connecticut
-
940
0.612
Delaware
-
280
0.659
District of Columbia
-
510
0.745
Maine
-
420
0.737
Michigan
-
2540
0.647
New Hampshire
-
370
0.594
Rhode Island
-
280
0.632
Vermont
-
280
1.004
Kentucky
$98,520
760
0.426
Puerto Rico
$69,060
100
0.119
Minnesota
$200,630
1690
0.626
Oregon
$197,640
1500
0.829
Massachusetts
$197,260
1970
0.589
Idaho
$192,010
470
0.658
South Dakota
$190,220
270
0.665
Nevada
$184,750
720
0.572
Ohio
$182,060
3070
0.598
North Dakota
$181,490
180
0.457
Illinois
$181,010
3660
0.650
Wisconsin
$179,950
1650
0.608
Hawaii
$174,320
660
1.146
Nebraska
$172,630
360
0.382
Virginia
$170,130
3090
0.836
Arizona
$169,680
2190
0.771
Alabama
$168,840
1320
0.693
Montana
$165,330
350
0.765
Washington
$164,920
2910
0.911
North Carolina
$163,000
3120
0.728
Oklahoma
$160,170
1230
0.789
Georgia
$159,860
2680
0.622
Texas
$158,300
8480
0.701
Maryland
$157,720
1800
0.715
Mississippi
$157,710
580
0.536
Missouri
$156,670
1770
0.657
New Jersey
$155,990
2390
0.633
Indiana
$152,730
2110
0.723
New York
$152,070
6270
0.722
Florida
$147,520
7050
0.835
New Mexico
$147,260
630
0.807
Kansas
$146,510
720
0.538
Iowa
$145,610
940
0.639
Arkansas
$145,560
720
0.609
Colorado
$145,330
1840
0.713
California
$142,720
12040
0.733
Tennessee
$132,590
1090
0.374
South Carolina
$132,430
1610
0.800
Pennsylvania
$131,540
3030
0.550
Wyoming
$120,180
300
1.164
Utah
$118,530
1310
0.882
West Virginia
$117,250
410
0.636
Louisiana
$103,670
1130
0.625