Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

29-1020 Dentists

This broad occupation includes the following five detailed occupations:

29-1021 Dentists, General
Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting vitality of teeth. Exclude "Prosthodontists" (29-1024), "Orthodontists" (29-1023), "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons" (29-1022) and "Dentists, all other specialists" (29-1029)

29-1022 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Perform surgery on mouth, jaws, and related head and neck structure to execute difficult and multiple extractions of teeth, to remove tumors and other abnormal growths, to correct abnormal jaw relations by mandibular or maxillary revision, to prepare mouth for insertion of dental prosthesis, or to treat fractured jaws.

29-1023 Orthodontists
Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

29-1024 Prosthodontists
Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

29-1029 Dentists, All Other Specialists
All dentists not listed separately.

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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)
97,090 4.3 % $63.08 $131,210 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.36 $36.75 $57.85 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $50,670 $76,430 $120,330 (5) (5)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of dentists 88,600 $64.81 $134,800 1 1
Offices of physicians 1,890 $54.11 $112,540 2 4
State government (OES designation) 1,200 $40.54 $84,330 3 12
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,200 $46.58 $96,890 4 8
Federal government (OES designation) 1,180 $39.28 $81,690 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of dentists 88,600 $64.81 $134,800 1 1
Home health care services 30 $60.11 $125,030 15 2
Employment services 150 $58.35 $121,370 11 3
Offices of physicians 1,890 $54.11 $112,540 2 4
Insurance carriers (6) $52.45 $109,100 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arizona 2,750 $68.69 $142,870 0.122% 8
New Hampshire 720 $73.11 $152,060 0.119% 7
Illinois 6,690 $38.14 $79,330 0.116% 31
Maine 660 $48.06 $99,960 0.112% 9
Hawaii 580 $65.05 $135,300 0.105% 9

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Idaho 450 $87.62 $182,240 0.080% 4
Nevada 820 $86.36 $179,640 0.077% 4
Colorado 1,570 $80.70 $167,860 0.074% 6
Ohio 3,830 $79.41 $165,170 0.072% 5
Iowa 800 $78.45 $163,170 0.057% 5

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rockford, IL MSA 450 $64.30 $133,750 0.268%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 420 (5) (5) 0.223%
Nashville, TN MSA 1,190 $28.92 $60,160 0.180%
Florence, SC MSA 110 (5) (5) 0.175%
Gainesville, FL MSA 160 (5) (5) 0.167%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Panama City, FL MSA 40 (4) (5) 0.065%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 140 (5) (5) 0.071%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA (6) (5) (5) (6)
Boise City, ID MSA (6) (5) (5) (6)
Wilmington, NC MSA (6) (5) (5) (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: July 22, 2004

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