I'm not a fan of these questions because there are many factors that come into play.
Location, private or public practice, what you charge, the type of insurance carriers you work with, operational costs, specialization, experience and negotiation all come into play into what one would make on a day-to-day basis.
Most places would say the average would be around $146,000 but that is generally set around specific locations and experience levels; I would say that your first few years of practice would most likely be working at a hospital as an ER Dentist or associating at another practice; if that is the case your first few years probably won't break $75,000 per year.
In addition to the great comments above, I would also add that although dentists make a very comfortable salary in the United States, it also comes with years of school and residency, which takes 8 years after high school on average to complete. Your schooling will cost money, so be prepared to pay off lots of student loans, even once you start making the big salary that comes along with being a dentist. If you are passionate about the profession, the salary is a great 'cherry on top' and you would be helping lots of people maintain their overall dental health, but if you are just in it for the money, then you may find yourself unhappy with this career path.
Dentist’s salary (also know as a doctor of dental medicine salary) in the United States is around $146,000 per annum.
Dentists usually work 10 hours a day for 4 to 6 days a week. A four-year dental school program is essential if you want to enter into this type of job. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average dentist salary is $146,920 or an hourly equivalent of $70.64. Job outlook from 2010 to 2020 is faster than average with the rate of 21%.
The highest earners belong to the fields of orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Overview of working as a dentist
- Salary: $50,000 to $200,000
- Qualifications: Post graduate
- Weekly hours: 40-50
Read more in: http://www.healthcare-salaries.com/physicians/dentist-salary