Dentist Salary Survey "2020 Results"

We surveyed the industry to learn what today's dentists are saying about the state of the dental career for 2020.

The State of the Dentist Career in 2020

How much are dentists paid? How many hours a week do they work? What do they think about their current employee benefits?

We answer all these questions, and more in our annual salary survey. The largest of its kind, RDH Magazine partnered with DentalPost to survey 8,855 dental professionals, including 432 dentists.

KEY FINDINGS FOR 2020

  • 52% of dentists are satisfied with their overall compensation.
  • 51% are happy with their overall employee benefits. Flexible scheduling is the employee benefit that dentists value most.
  • 43% feel overworked and would prefer to work less hours. Driven heavily by dentists practicing part-time, 6% would prefer to work more hours.
  • 38% of dentists are open to a job change within a year.

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EXPERIENCE IN DENTISTRY

How many years of experience do you have working in dentistry?
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  • 1 in 4 dentist respondents have 10-20 years of experience
  • Newer to the industry: 1 in 7 dentist respondents have less than 5 years of experience
  • Established dentists: Almost half of the respondents have 20+ years of experience

HOW THEY WORK

Full-Time vs Part-Time
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  • The majority of respondents work as full-time dentists (86%)
  • A small minority of respondents work as part-time dentists (12%)
  • Only 2% of respondents identify as retired or unemployed
61% Work in Private Practice
Dental Service Organization (DSO) vs Private Practice
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  • 61% identify working at a private practice
  • 21% identify working at a DSO
  • 9% identify working at multiple offices within a local practice
SNAPSHOT: Corporate vs Private Practice
Corporate
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Private Practice
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TODAY'S DEMOGRAPHICS

As we enter the 2020s, what are the traits of a modern dentist? What are their demographics? What about their life at home? Respondents share info about age, gender, head of household status and the impact of children in the home.

Age Range
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DSOs Attract New and Young Dentists
Corporate vs Private Practice
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Shifting Gender Demographics
What is your gender?
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Role of Dentists in the Household
Are you the sole income provider in your household?
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Impact of Children in the Household
How many children under the age of 18 live in your household?
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How much does a dentist make?
What is your estimated annual income for 2019?
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HOW THEY EARN IT

Average number of hours worked, one job or multiple, and the participation rate of temping among dentists.

How many hours per week do dentists work?
On average, how many hours per week do you work as a practicing dental professional?
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One Job or Multiple Jobs?
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How is temping changing how dentists earn a living?

What dentists are most likely interested in temping? How does age, gender and private practice vs DSO office environment play a factor?

Do you currently temp?
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Temping by Age
Do you currently temp?
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Temping by gender
Do you currently temp?
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Temping by Office Environment (Private Practice vs DSO)
Do you currently temp?
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WORK ENVIRONMENT: IS IT THE RIGHT FIT?

Here's what dentists say about their current compensation and benefits. We ask them to rate satisfaction and provide feedback where employers can impove. Putting it together, we uncover who might be looking to make a job change soon.

Dentists are Paid Well, but are they Satisfied?
How satisfied are you with your overall pay?
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Identifying the Underappreciated. Compensation is more than just pay. There's a human element. That element can show signs a dentist is no longer feeling the love from an employer.

COMPENSATION: How satisfied are you with ...
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Employee Benefits. Which benefits are the most impactful?
BENEFITS. How satisified are you with...
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Testing the Job Market
Do you intend to apply for a new job in the next 365 days?
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