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10 Best States and Cities to Practice General Dentistry in 2020

by Patricia O. Urquiaga | Mar 12, 2021 | dentistannualsalary, Dentistry, dentists, dentistsalary, generaldentistry
10 Best States and Cities to Practice General Dentistry in 2020

A career in General Dentistry is often secure and high paying.

According to the American Dental Association, the median annual net income for General Dentists in private practice in 2019 was $175,000, which means dentist earn about three+ times more than the average American.

As the demand for dentists increases, it’s important to understand that the working conditions for General Dentists vary per state.

States and cities with the best economy and where the population has a relatively high median household income along with healthcare coverage tend to be the places best suited for General Dentists. However, other factors such as the number of jobs available, General Dentist median annual salary and cost of living also play a huge factor when starting your career and/or looking to change jobs or relocate.

Here are the 10 best states to practice General Dentistry according to Zippia:

  • Alaska
    • Average Salary: $186,845
    • Job Count: 14
    • Location Quotient: 2.22
  • Wisconsin
    • Average Salary: $166,607
    • Job Count: 146
    • Location Quotient: 2.21
  • Iowa
    • Average Salary: $157,670
    • Job Count: 72
    • Location Quotient: 1.64
  • Michigan
    • Average Salary: $161,161
    • Job Count: 122
    • Location Quotient: 1.33
  • Ohio
    • Average Salary: $157,184
    • Job Count: 161
    • Location Quotient: 1.27
  • North Dakota
    • Average Salary: $153,872
    • Job Count: 16
    • Location Quotient: 1.59
  • Missouri
    • Average Salary: $153,586
    • Job Count: 111
    • Location Quotient: 1.68
  • Minnesota
    • Average Salary: $157,812
    • Job Count: 94
    • Location Quotient: 1.20
  • Tennessee
    • Average Salary: $147,567
    • Job Count: 73
    • Location Quotient: 1.17
  • Indiana
    • Average Salary: $150,630
    • Job Count: 52
    • Location Quotient: 0.77

Here are the 10 best cities to practice General Dentistry according to Value Penguin by Lending Tree:

  • Port St. Lucie, FL
    • Average Salary: $227,870
    • Job Count: 230
    • Location Quotient: 2.47
  • Colorado Springs, CO
    • Average Salary: $209,360
    • Job Count: 290
    • Location Quotient: 1.60
  • Prescott, AZ
    • Average Salary: $205,550
    • Job Count: 70
    • Location Quotient: 1.59
  • Lake County, IL
    • Average Salary: $222,200
    • Job Count: 330
    • Location Quotient: 1.14
  • Redding, CA
    • Average Salary: $200,740
    • Job Count: 60
    • Location Quotient: 1.52
  • Wilmington, DE
    • Average Salary: $221,020
    • Job Count: 270
    • Location Quotient: 1.11
  • Santa Cruz, CA
    • Average Salary: $219,670
    • Job Count: 80
    • Location Quotient: 1.19
  • Fresno, CA
    • Average Salary: $170,270
    • Job Count: 380
    • Location Quotient: 1.59
  • Dothan, AL
    • Average Salary: $217,000
    • Job Count: 50
    • Location Quotient: 1.15
  • Rome, GA
    • Average Salary: $186,680
    • Job Count: 40
    • Location Quotient: 1.53

Location quotient measures the concentration of General Dentists in a particular area as a percentage of all occupations, which is then compared to the national average. A higher location quotient means a relatively higher demand for a General Dentist’s services.

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