I was just wondering if some of you who might be familiar with the salary end of dentistry can answer a few quick questions. I am just wondering what the average starting salary is for dentists who just graduate from dental school and decide to work as an associate under an established dentist. Also, how well do those dentists do (on the average) during their first few years out of dental school who decide to just start their OWN practice. Lastly, what about those dentists who work for dental chains like Bright Smile and work on a salary basis--how much do they make? Anyone know some ballpark salary figures? If you could post some info on this, it'd be greatly appreciated--Thanks!