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Where Do Dentists Earn the Most?

With the Bureau of Labor and Statistics forecasting 17 percent growth in dentist jobs over the next nine years, there’s no question that a career in dentistry holds a lot of potential for the future.

And if your day job includes telling patients to say “ahh” and hearing lies about daily flossing, then you probably know that dentist salaries can vary greatly based on location. According to Paysa data, the nationwide average for dentist salaries comes out to $135,000 per year.

Average salary for a dentist, per Paysa data

But depending on where you live, dentists can earn significantly more than that. So, if you’re considering a career in dentistry or are already a practicing dentist and want to explore a new city in the U.S., check out these 10 top-paying locations:

Sacramento, CA

You might not think of Sacramento as a hub for dentist jobs, but the truth is that there’s no better market in the U.S. when it comes to dentist salaries. The average salary for a dentist in Sacramento is a whopping $157,000 per year according to Paysa data — a number that only gets sweeter when you consider the low cost-of-living in the Sacramento area.

Average salary for a dentist in Sacramento, per Paysa data

But Sacramento isn’t the only California city where you can earn a great salary as a dentist…

San Francisco, CA

That’s right — San Francisco isn’t just home base to the tech industry. Dentist salaries in the Bay Area average out to $156,000 per year according to Paysa data.

Average salary for a dentist in San Francisco, per Paysa data 

Of course, living in the Bay Area isn’t cheap. So, though you’ll make over $20,000 more than the nationwide average, you’ll also need to contend with one of the highest costs of living in the U.S. But, if you want the chance to live in a major cultural hub with an endless supply of unbelievable restaurants, great nightlife, and easy access to the great outdoors, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better city than San Francisco.

Unless, of course, you love the beach. In which case…

Los Angeles, CA

Oh, Los Angeles. You really have it all. Music, movies, beaches, sports, and some of the best dentist salaries in the country. The average dentist salary in Los Angeles is pulling in $152,000 per year according to Paysa — just $4,000 less than San Francisco but without the near constant need for a sweatshirt.

Average salary for a dentist in Los Angeles, per Paysa data 

Atlanta, GA

Switching over to the east coast — Atlanta comes in at the #4 spot. If you’re a dentist living in “The ATL,” you can expect to earn an average salary of $151,000 per year. That’s significantly more than the nationwide average in a city that’s been dubbed the “Chicago of the South.” Not bad considering the real Chicago didn’t make this list.

Average salary for a dentist in Atlanta, per Paysa data

Baltimore, MD

Head up the I-85 North from Atlanta and in 10 hours or so, you’ll hit the next city on this list: Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore is the first city on this list below the $150,000 mark, but not by much — dentist salaries in Baltimore average around $149,000 per year according to Paysa data.

Average salary for a dentist in Baltimore, per Paysa data

Seattle, WA or Fort Lauderdale, FL or Orange, CA – $148,000 per year

Our first tie in the list and it couldn’t be for three more different locations. Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Orange, California all have something unique to offer. Seattle has great coffee and easy access to beautiful nature; Fort Lauderdale has beautiful beaches and great golfing; Orange has beautiful parks and a short drive to some of the best surfing in the country. But all three cities have one thing in common: dentists salaries average $148,000 per year according to Paysa data.

Average salary for a dentist in Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, and Orange, per Paysa data

Boston, MA

If you love history, sports, and seafood with equal fervor, there’s no better U.S. city than Boston, MA. And as a dentist, you can earn a very decent salary for yourself there. Dentist salaries in Boston average $147,000 per year according to Paysa data, earning Beantown the $7 spot on this list.

Average salary for a dentist in Boston, per Paysa data

New York, NY or Denver, CO

Another tie and another two cities with almost nothing in common except for cold winters and identical average salaries for dentists. Whether you’d rather the sights and sounds of The Big Apple or prefer to hit the slopes out in Denver, the average salary is the same: dentists in both cities can expect to earn $146,000 per year on average according to Paysa data.

Average salary for a dentist in New York and Denver, according to Paysa data

Philadelphia, PA or Miami, FL

We’re coming up to the end of the list, but there’s still one more tie for you to decide between: Philadelphia or Miami. In both cities, the average dentist salary is $144,000 per year. But before you jump on the Miami train, remember that much like Boston, Philadelphia has some tremendous history, amazing food, and currently available dentist jobs, too.

Average salary for a dentist in Philadelphia and Miami, per Paysa data

Washington, D.C.

Last, but certainly not least (nationwide, that is) comes our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Dentist salaries in DC average $142,000 per year according to Paysa data.

Average salary for a dentist in Washington DC, per Paysa data

Interested in exploring jobs there? Check out this list of currently open positions in the DC area.

In fact, you can find open dentist jobs in these top-paying cities (and everywhere else) on Paysa.com .

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Author: Paysa