Wednesday, February 10, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for General Dentist Pay

As evidenced in General Dentist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets, the biggest U.S. metropolitan markets are top centers for general dentist employment. However, a deeper dive into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metro areas are where general dentists often times find better pay, sometimes much better pay.  In fact, a review of May 2019 BLS data shows that none of the 20 largest U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for general dentist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Burlington, NC 40 $278,360
2 Burlington-South Burlington, VT 250 $275,430
3 Longview, TX 60 $272,440
4 Olympia-Tumwater, WA N/A $267,240
5 Reno, NV 230 $256,510
6 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 400 $254,220
7 Amarillo, TX N/A $253,090
8 Iowa City, IA 30 $251,670
9 Fond du Lac, WI N/A $247,370
10 Madison, WI 200 $242,820
11 Odessa, TX 40 $241,800
12 Green Bay, WI 90 $239,540
13 Worcester, MA-CT 230 $238,800
14 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 380 $238,540
15 Dalton, GA 70 $238,490
16 Greenville, NC 50 $237,390
17 Pittsfield, MA N/A $237,110
18 Lancaster, PA N/A $236,660
19 New Haven, CT N/A $236,340
20 Rockford, IL 150 $235,480
National 110,730 $178,260

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 13, 2020