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2023 Dental Salary Report

With input from nearly 15,000 dental professionals nationwide, DentalPost’s annual dental salary survey report shares insights into salaries, compensation, bonuses, benefits and work conditions for the dental industry.

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Overall industry wages increased

Average compensation increased across all team positions for the second year in a row. However, the increases for some positions did not keep up with the national inflation rate.

More than 30% of the dental workforce is considering a job change

While overall pay and job satisfaction increased, dental professionals are increasingly considering a job change or actively applying for jobs, including: 31.5% of dental hygienists, 29% of billing specialists, 27% of dental assistants, and 39% of dental front office team members.

Higher pay is the #1 reason for turnover

As expected, higher pay was the leading reason dental employees changed jobs, followed by a more positive work environment and a more appreciative employer.

Practice owners took pay cuts

While employee incomes increased, self-employed dentists reportedly cut their own pay 2.25% on average to cover increasing overhead costs and staff salary increases.