OK, so I am seeing in the threads that average salary for starting dentist are ranging from 100-177k. My concern is, is this base salary plus or a commissions based figure. What is the bottom line? I am hearing a lot of negative things concerning dentists not making adequate money, having to take PT jobs, not being able to cover loan payments. I hear that working as an associate the Dr. expects you to produce and will only pay you for what you produce? How do you attract patients and produce when you are just out of d-school. Someone please help me with the hard core facts?