Tuesday, October 5, 2021

General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region

Nearly 96,000 general dentists were employed in the U.S. as of May 2020 according to data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Per BLS data, just over 5,900 of those employed general dentists worked in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  Although home to two states ranked among the twelve best in the nation for general dentist annual mean wages, on the whole the region was a subpar one in terms of pay, as nearly 64% of the region's dentists lived in states where the annual mean wage for general dentists was below the national average.  A closer examination of May 2020 BLS data details the following about general dentist pay in the Great Plains region:

General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region
General Dentist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 940 $169,990 36th
KS 720 $170,710 34th
MN 1,690 $213,310 8th
MO 1,770 $157,030 43rd
NE 360 $178,490 28th
ND 180 $203,890 12th
SD 270 $187,850 20th
U.S. 95,920 $180,830 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 12, 2021

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