１. Dentist in the US
There are 200,946 active dentists in the US. Dentists are very well compensated for the services they provide. According to the Business Labor Statistics (BLS), dentists earned a median salary of $146,340 in 2013. The top 10% earned more than $187,999, while the lowest 10% earned less than $72,240. Dentists who work in private offices are paid particularly well, but so are those who work alongside other health practitioners. Additionally there is a big annual difference between General Practitioner (GP) and Specialist.
(1) Salary of Endodontist
An endodontist’s annual salary in the US ranged from between $65,000 to $400,000. The endodontists employed in the military and armed services received an annual salary ranging from $141,462 to $260,571 while those employed in hospitals received an equal amount of annual salaries ranging from $141,699 to $245,604. The median salary for an endodontist in partnerships or private practice received is about $227,000.
(2) Salary of Periodontist
A periodontist’s annual salary in the US ranged from $103,000 to $230,000, and the salary varies due to various factors. The periodontist employed in an academic field receives an average annual salary ranging from between $102,000 to $192,000. The periodontists working in the field of dental prosthetic services earned an average salary from between $113,000 to $213,000. Periodontists employed in hospitals receive an annual salary from $104,000 to $198,000 while those employed in well-established dental clinics earned an annual salary from $106,000 to $201,000.
(3) Salary of Prosthodontist
A prosthodontist’s annual salary in the US is about $182,640 and hourly wage raging from $40 to $166.6. The highest paid prosthodontist usually work in a private practice setting. According to the BLS, the highest paid yearly salary for prosthodontists rages from $191,090 to $229,000.
(4) Salary of Orthodontist
Orthodontist’s annual salary in the US is about $206,190 while a media hourly wage is about $99.13. The highest paid orthodontist receives an hourly wage of about $350 which averages to more than $612,500 per year. In contrary, the lowest paid orthodontist receives hourly wage of about $57.69 which averages to about $100,958 per year.
(5) Salary of Pediatric dentist
Pediatric dentist’s annual salary is about $346,070. An average salary for typical pediatric dentist employed in Community Dental Services is grossly about $260,000 per year while the one employed in the one employed in dental care clinician earns an average annual raging from between $200,000 and $250,000.
2. Dental Hygienist in the US
The majority of the 183,000-plus registered dental hygienists work in the US dental offices alongside dentists.
The job market for dental hygienists is booming. According to the BLS, the occupation will grow 33.3 percent by 2022, which is much faster than the average growth rate for most professions. This swell in jobs is likely due to the increased awareness among consumers of how oral health is linked to their overall health. Additionally, physicians’ offices, emergency rooms and medical clinics are increasingly hiring dental hygienists to provide their patients with more holistic health care. These professionals can also be hired in academia and in research.
Hygienists make comfortable salaries, especially considering that more than half of them work part time. In 2013, their median salary was $71,110. The best paid earned about $96,690, and the bottom 10 percent earned $47,880. Many of the highest paid hygienists work in dental offices, but ambulatory health care services also pay well. The state of California tends to compensate their dental hygienists particularly well, especially in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.
In some states like Colorado, Washington, and California, Dental Hygienist can open independent clinic from dentist. However, the job function in the clinic is limited.
3. Dental Assistant in the US
There are 303,200 Dental Assistant in the US. According to the BLS, there should be more than 74,000 new openings for dental assistants up to the year 2022. That amounts to nearly 24.5 percent employment growth, which is much faster than the average for all professions. There are several reasons for the increased openings, including the fact that current generations take better care of their teeth than either their parents or their grandparents, and they regularly visit a dental office. Expanded health insurance coverage has also led to more patients, which should drive the demand for dental assistants in dentists’ offices and outpatient care centers.
The pay scale for dental assistants ranges from about $24,220 to $48,350. In 2013, the average pay for dental assistants was $35,640, and the median pay was $34,900.
Dental assistant is one of the few jobs we cover that doesn’t necessarily require formal training in some state.
4. Dental Technician in the US
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 82,900 work forces that belong to dental technicians in the US. However, this includes medical appliance technicians. They work in laboratories. Most technicians work full time. The pay scale for dental assistants ranges from about $36,000 to $100,000. The average pay for dental assistants was $45,000. Employment is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. As cosmetic prosthetics, such as veneers and crowns, become less expensive, there should be an increase in demand for these appliances.
Most dental technicians are employed in commercial dental laboratories. Commercial dental laboratories are often very small, having only two or three employees. There are also, however, some very large labs with over 100 employees. Some private dental offices have their own laboratory.