Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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)

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
85,260 1.6 % $70.68 $147,010 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.38 $48.10 $66.17 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $71,520 $100,040 $137,630 (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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Dentists 78,170 $71.96 $149,680
Offices of Physicians 2,270 $58.54 $121,760
State Government (OES designation) 1,080 $52.88 $110,000
Outpatient Care Centers 860 $63.71 $132,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 $51.15 $106,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 50 $78.40 $163,080
Insurance Carriers 30 $78.10 $162,460
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 80 $74.50 $154,970
Offices of Dentists 78,170 $71.96 $149,680
Outpatient Care Centers 860 $63.71 $132,520

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 4,210 $74.96 $155,920 0.100%
Utah 1,150 $62.01 $128,980 0.095%
Arizona 2,470 $65.07 $135,340 0.093%
Hawaii 520 $65.81 $136,880 0.085%
New York 7,110 $69.55 $144,660 0.083%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Delaware 290 $88.79 $184,690 0.068%
North Carolina 2,140 $85.67 $178,180 0.053%
Washington 1,770 $83.41 $173,490 0.063%
Connecticut 900 $81.36 $169,230 0.054%
Alaska 240 $81.16 $168,820 0.079%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Coeur d'Alene, ID 110 $65.65 $136,550 0.196%
Prescott, AZ 120 $70.83 $147,330 0.186%
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,840 $69.45 $144,460 0.158%
Las Cruces, NM 100 $48.81 $101,520 0.154%
Flint, MI 210 $84.84 $176,470 0.143%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Waterbury, CT (8) (5) (5) (8)
Punta Gorda, FL 50 (5) (5) 0.119%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 100 (5) (5) 0.049%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 80 (5) (5) 0.062%
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA (8) (5) (5) (8)

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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