Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
87,700 2.3 % $76.33 $158,770 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.32 $48.39 $67.81 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $71,390 $100,650 $141,040 (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 79,460 9.65 $77.60 $161,410
Offices of Physicians 2,660 0.12 $65.33 $135,890
State Government (OES Designation) 1,310 0.06 $72.36 $150,500
Outpatient Care Centers 1,020 0.17 $66.82 $138,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,020 0.02 $51.03 $106,140

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 79,460 9.65 $77.60 $161,410
Outpatient Care Centers 1,020 0.17 $66.82 $138,980
Offices of Physicians 2,660 0.12 $65.33 $135,890
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 140 0.06 $65.46 $136,150
State Government (OES Designation) 1,310 0.06 $72.36 $150,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 79,460 9.65 $77.60 $161,410
Facilities Support Services 30 0.02 $75.10 $156,200
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 170 0.03 $74.79 $155,570
State Government (OES Designation) 1,310 0.06 $72.36 $150,500
Employment Services 280 0.01 $70.80 $147,270


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 12,120 0.87 1.25 $70.56 $146,760
New York 6,970 0.84 1.21 $72.30 $150,390
Texas 5,180 0.51 0.75 $78.84 $163,990
Florida 4,970 0.70 1.01 $70.39 $146,410
Illinois 4,740 0.86 1.24 $64.94 $135,070




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)
Maryland 2,380 0.97 1.40 $75.35 $156,730
Utah 1,090 0.95 1.38 $55.32 $115,070
Massachusetts 2,940 0.94 1.37 $83.79 $174,290
Nevada 1,040 0.94 1.36 $80.27 $166,950
Idaho 560 0.93 1.35 $87.27 $181,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 250 0.42 0.61 $107.14 $222,860
North Dakota 170 0.48 0.69 $99.91 $207,810
Maine 420 0.72 1.05 $98.58 $205,050
Iowa 710 0.49 0.72 $97.48 $202,750
North Carolina 2,490 0.66 0.96 $94.26 $196,060

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,790 0.96 1.39 $67.09 $139,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,670 0.96 1.39 $65.23 $135,680
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.95 1.37 $66.76 $138,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,800 1.09 1.58 $81.35 $169,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.73 1.05 $92.23 $191,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.85 1.23 $66.54 $138,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,520 0.61 0.88 $73.84 $153,590
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,360 0.81 1.17 $89.53 $186,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.92 1.34 $66.38 $138,080
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.21 1.76 $61.55 $128,020




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)
Flint, MI 220 1.77 2.57 $84.30 $175,330
Coeur d'Alene, ID 90 1.71 2.48 $101.14 $210,370
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 150 1.70 2.46 $76.92 $159,990
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 160 1.61 2.33 $85.83 $178,520
Missoula, MT 90 1.61 2.33 (8) (8)
Prescott, AZ 90 1.60 2.31 $78.37 $163,000
Punta Gorda, FL 60 1.59 2.30 (8) (8)
Madera, CA 60 1.56 2.26 $83.08 $172,810
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.52 2.21 (8) (8)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 250 1.47 2.13 $58.10 $120,860




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Fargo, ND-MN (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Asheville, NC 130 0.81 1.17 (5) (5)
Rocky Mount, NC (8) (8) (8) $116.49 $242,300
Chico, CA 40 0.63 0.92 $114.88 $238,950
Yakima, WA 70 0.92 1.34 $114.68 $238,520
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 0.76 1.10 $113.39 $235,850
Abilene, TX 30 0.50 0.73 $112.55 $234,100
Fayetteville, NC 110 0.84 1.22 $111.76 $232,470
Medford, OR 50 0.68 0.99 $111.13 $231,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.09 1.57 $76.38 $158,870
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 220 0.84 1.21 $83.05 $172,750
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.72 1.05 (8) (8)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.67 0.97 $80.20 $166,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 150 0.77 1.11 $107.81 $224,230

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 1.59 2.31 (8) (8)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.50 2.17 $106.22 $220,940
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 1.38 2.00 $60.73 $126,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.09 1.57 $76.38 $158,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 1.56 $86.37 $179,640

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.18 0.26 (5) (5)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.62 0.90 $117.03 $243,420
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.47 $112.36 $233,700


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011