Saturday, April 3, 2021

Dental Practitioner Employment in the U.S.

Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports estimate that, as of May 2020, there were more than 306,000 dental practitioner positions in the U.S, including dental hygienists. Dental practitioner employment thus accounted for about 3.6% of total U.S. employment for all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations. May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental practitioner employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed):

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Dental Hygienists 194,830 $78,050
2 General Dentists 95,920 $180,830
3 Dentists, all other specialties 5,610 $194,930
4 Orthodontists 5,040 $237,990
5 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 4,120 $234,990
6 Prosthodontists 530 $214,870
# All Dental Practitioner Occupations 306,050 $186,300
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

# Annual Mean Wages figure for "All Dental Practitioner Occupations" line item excludes dental hygienists 

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

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