Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
93,580 2.2 % $78.48 $163,240 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $35.64 $50.11 $69.83 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $74,130 $104,230 $145,240 (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 84,310 9.94 $79.94 $166,280
Offices of Physicians 3,020 0.13 $68.61 $142,710
Outpatient Care Centers 1,370 0.21 $66.66 $138,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,260 0.02 $56.93 $118,410
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $70.58 $146,810

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 84,310 9.94 $79.94 $166,280
Outpatient Care Centers 1,370 0.21 $66.66 $138,640
Offices of Physicians 3,020 0.13 $68.61 $142,710
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $70.58 $146,810
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 110 0.05 $68.29 $142,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 84,310 9.94 $79.94 $166,280
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 310 0.04 $74.44 $154,840
Employment Services 270 0.01 $71.90 $149,560
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $70.58 $146,810
Offices of Physicians 3,020 0.13 $68.61 $142,710


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 11,260 0.79 1.10 $67.61 $140,620
New York 7,150 0.84 1.17 $75.23 $156,480
Texas 5,950 0.56 0.78 $92.69 $192,800
Florida 5,240 0.72 1.00 $72.09 $149,950
Illinois 4,200 0.74 1.04 $61.65 $128,240




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)
Utah 1,290 1.07 1.49 $55.76 $115,980
Vermont 310 1.06 1.47 $103.92 $216,160
Nevada 1,180 1.05 1.46 $66.09 $137,470
Massachusetts 3,380 1.05 1.47 $84.65 $176,080
Arizona 2,440 1.01 1.41 $82.60 $171,810




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 400 0.65 0.90 $112.51 $234,010
Vermont 310 1.06 1.47 $103.92 $216,160
Delaware 270 0.66 0.92 $103.29 $214,840
Washington 1,870 0.68 0.94 $97.83 $203,480
North Dakota 140 0.34 0.47 $96.40 $200,510





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 5,260 1.02 1.42 $67.95 $141,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,420 0.88 1.23 $58.04 $120,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,870 0.79 1.10 $61.25 $127,390
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,140 1.25 1.74 $85.69 $178,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.87 1.20 $78.58 $163,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,960 0.87 1.21 $92.93 $193,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,630 0.94 1.31 $81.13 $168,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.76 1.05 $104.52 $217,410
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.23 1.72 $62.29 $129,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,240 0.71 0.99 $95.71 $199,070




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)
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 470 1.96 2.73 $65.72 $136,710
Pocatello, ID 60 1.93 2.68 (8) (8)
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 80 1.92 2.67 $69.82 $145,230
Flint, MI 230 1.83 2.54 $99.25 $206,450
Kokomo, IN 70 1.72 2.40 $83.01 $172,660
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 190 1.67 2.32 (8) (8)
Dubuque, IA 90 1.63 2.26 $107.09 $222,760
Logan, UT-ID 80 1.57 2.18 $55.93 $116,330
Tucson, AZ 520 1.50 2.09 $83.95 $174,620
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.50 2.09 $103.52 $215,320