Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
98,800 4.4 % $62.04 $129,040 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.58 $36.37 $57.90 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $53,200 $75,650 $120,420 (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
Offices of dentists 89,850 $63.63 $132,360
Offices of physicians 1,650 $54.75 $113,880
Federal government (OES designation) 1,220 $39.19 $81,510
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,200 $45.71 $95,080
State government (OES designation) 1,180 $40.76 $84,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of dentists 89,850 $63.63 $132,360
Employment services 140 $59.25 $123,240
Management of companies and enterprises (7) $56.37 $117,250
Offices of physicians 1,650 $54.75 $113,880
Home health care services 40 $52.21 $108,600

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
Utah 1,770 $75.26 $156,540 0.170%
Illinois 8,130 $39.72 $82,610 0.142%
Arizona 2,830 $68.10 $141,660 0.124%
New Hampshire 700 $74.29 $154,520 0.115%
Maine 650 $50.98 $106,040 0.110%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Ohio 3,880 $81.04 $168,550 0.073%
Colorado 2,150 $78.28 $162,830 0.102%
Oklahoma 1,220 $77.07 $160,300 0.086%
Alaska (7) $76.98 $160,130 (7)
North Carolina 2,120 $76.42 $158,950 0.057%

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 460 $63.01 $131,060 0.277%
Daytona Beach, FL MSA 430 $27.03 $56,220 0.265%
Nashville, TN MSA 1,470 $24.80 $51,580 0.223%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 370 (7) (7) 0.186%
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 1,470 (7) (7) 0.181%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 60 (5) (5) 0.075%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 260 $96.28 $200,260 0.113%
Boise City, ID MSA (7) $95.97 $199,620 (7)
Spokane, WA MSA 190 $94.66 $196,880 0.101%
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 160 $93.89 $195,300 0.081%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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 percentile wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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