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How much do dentist earn per specialty

Discussion in 'Dental' started by indiandentist, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. indiandentist

    indiandentist Member
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    Hi guys,
    I think there is an old thread regarding this, but i felt like starting a new one (comprehensive) thread regarding the amount a dentist makes per specialty. I know that i can get info regarding this online, but i thought it wil be better if i ask u guys for the reasonable amounts as per your knowledge. I will be happy if u can post the MEDIAN/MEAN NET INCOME for each specialty. I know there will be peaks in all professions, but i need is the Median or Mean amount.

    1. General Dentist
    2. Orthodontist.
    3. Endodontist.
    4. Periodontist.
    5. Prosthodontist.
    6. Pedodontist.
    7. OMFS.
    8. Restorative Dentist.

    Any post will be appreciated.

    Have a nice day

    Indiandentist
     
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  3. simpledoc

    simpledoc Senior Member
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    what do you mean by "restorative dentist"?? Prosthodontics, I know is one branch of restorative dentistry...there isn't any specialist like that atleast in the US..
     
  4. Dr.SpongeBobDDS

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    1. General Dentist - $160,000
    2. Orthodontist. - $350,000
    3. Endodontist. - A whole lot
    4. Periodontist. - Just short of a whole lot
    5. Prosthodontist. - about like GP maybe a little more
    6. Pedodontist. - no sum of money is worth pursuing this specialty so don't even think about it, OK?
    7. OMFS. - A whole lot
    8. Restorative Dentist - huh? this is not a specialty
     
  5. Mo007

    Mo007 Gifted Hands
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    Any estimates for what "a whole lot" could be?
     
  6. bcDDS

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    I assume you're referring to the endo figure. I don't know what the average is to be honest, but it all depends on how hard you want to work. It's hard to find published averages that are accurate because dentists don't want to give the IRS any ammunition when they see the reported income on some of these returns. I spoke to my CPA the other day and she specializes her tax returns with the dental profession. I asked her what kind of after deduction net income endodontists were pulling in. She gave me figures for two of the endodontists whose returns she did. One of them netted about $400,000 for the year. The other one netted $700,000. Keep in mind that these are practice owners that are probably pretty well established. This is a heck of a lot of money and I couldn't tell you if a lot of other endos are pulling in these figures. My buddy who just finished his endo residency makes about $2000 a day as an associate. Who knows?...you do the math. but I think it's safe to say that most endos make a fairly decent living. If you work a 5 day week just as an associate, you should earn at least $200k a year. And that's probably a modest figure.
     
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    Thanks bcDDS.

    Is it competitve to get into endo program? - compared to ortho and OMS.
     
  8. bcDDS

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    Getting into endo is extremely competitive. If you're coming straight out of dental school, it's probably the most difficult. You're going to have to be top 3 or 5 and board scores safely in the 90's. A few programs won't pass up an extremely exceptional applicant even if they are straight out of school, but a lot of programs won't consider you without a GPR or some type of experience beyond dental school. With experience, it is still pretty competitive. But it is one of those specialties that isn't going to look only at numbers. Endodontic programs are looking for a certain type of applicant that is mature and understands that nature of endodontics. They are pretty good about weeding out those that are interested for purely economic reasons. They want to know that you've done enough basic endo to have an inkling about what the discipline entails. That's why experience is so important.
    In a nutshell, if you do have experience, plan on having board scores of at least 90 and class rank in the top 10-20% to get a serious look from programs. Most people that apply and are accepted already have experience, so experience is more of a prerequisite as opposed to an advantage.
     
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    bcDDS

    Experience as in externships, or simply being a dentist for couple of years, and then applying to the program?
     
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    Experience as in practice of some sort beyond dental school, whether it be a GPR, AEGD, or prviate practice. I've never heard of an endodontic externship the way OMS has them.
     
  11. indiandentist

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    HI,
    Thanx a lot for the input and i am surprised to see some figures. And as far as i know, getting in to Ortho, endo and OMFS are the toughest. isnt it?. I will be happy if u can let me know how to proceed for getting into masters like ortho or endo. Cos i am very much interested in them (pay is one of the reason, but not the only). I did my dentistry from India and going to do DDS from UCSF from this summer. Any suggestion will be deeply appreciated.

    Thanx a lot and will be looking forward to see reply.

    Have a nice day

    Indiandentist
     
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    Hi,
    In india we have a specialization who deals with restoration and endodontics, who is known as Conservative and Restorative Dentistry. I was thinking that there might be a specialty like that one in USA.

    Have a nice day

    Indiandentist
     
  13. indiandentist

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    hi spongeBobDDS,

    Thanx a lot for the input and i appreciate ur help. I was just wondering how much u mean for a pedodontist and OMFS approx.

    Have a nice day
     
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    From the info I've gathered, Pedo's make slightly, but not terribly much, more than a GP.

    I also recall endo being the new highest paid specialty as well as toughest one to get into.

    Toughest- Endo > Ortho ~ OMS ... That's all I've been told repeatedly by many people.
     
  15. indiandentist

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    Thanx for ur input.
    Have a nice day

    Indiandentist
     

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