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How much does a Dentist make in North Carolina?

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Most dentists, approximately 80 percent, are general dentists, according to the American Dental Education Association. The rest specialize in fields, such as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and surgery, which require additional years of study and typically result in higher salaries.

With an average salary of $166,810 in 2014, dentists earn far more than most other health-care workers. Dentists earn much more than dental assistants ($36,260) and dental hygienists ($71,970). Registered nurses ($69,790) and pharmacists ($118,470) also make less than the average dentist.

Just like other professionals, dentists make less than their counterparts in the beginning of their career. In the year 2008 the lowest 10 percent of the general dentists earned an hourly wage of $34.55 per hour or $71,870 per year. However, the earning capacity of dentists keeps on increasing with their experience. For example, the top 10 percent of general dentists still earn about $100,000 per year whereas the top earners in this field can accrue up to $190,000 per year.

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Dentist Earnings by Seniority

Junior Dentist Earnings

Junior Dentists in North Carolina earn:

$67.65
an hour
$140,710
per year
Starting Dentist Earnings

Starting Dentists in North Carolina earn:

$43.37
an hour
$90,210
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Dentist salary comparison

Dentists earn less than 100% percent of Health careers in North Carolina. Dentist salaries are in the top 97% of all careers in North Carolina.

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Historical salary for Dentists in North Carolina

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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