Hi. So I guess this is NOT a new topic but I need some personal guidance or reassurance here. Now I definately did not get into dentistry for the money, I know it is a priviledge to help people with thier problems and I wouldnt want to exploit them ever. But my classmates are obsessed with specialty because they all say general dentists dont make any money. I realistically want to have a decent lifestyle where I dont have to worry about bills, can afford to go on a trip maybe once a year, and work decent hours so I actually get to see my children. With that in mind I tried to google dental salary, but it doesnt specify how many hours they work but rather 125k-175k is around 25%-75%. I dont know how many hours they average for this, nor if it is before or after taxes. I just want to know the bottom line, thanks.