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income of different dental speciality

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Smooth Operater, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Smooth Operater

    Smooth Operater don't bug "operatEr"!
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    I saw a list of different dental specialty income from http://godmd.blogspot.com/


    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery----$350,000
    Pediatric Dentistry:---------------$325,000
    Endodontics:--------------------- $315,000
    Orthodontics:-------------------- $300,000
    Periodontics:--------------------- $240,000
    Prosthodontic:------------------- $200,000
    General Practitioners:----------- -$175,000

    Are these accurate (close to accurate) number? thanks!
     
  2. Drill2Fill

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    Might get a better response in the Dental forums, since they are closer to practicing.
     
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  3. soswank

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    Probably because you deal with not only screaming kids, but also their nasty parents!
     
  4. OceanBlue

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    it takes a special kind of person to be a pedo. I like kids so i'm thinking hard about it. Look on the bright side, not every kid will scream and not every parent will be nasty
     
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  5. Golddanboy

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    I think its hard to put a figure to dentistry. One dentist told me that his practice takes in over a million dollars a year but chances are that he only gets about 10% of his earnings after business expenses. I also found it interesting that he was still paying off dental school loans 15 years after graduation.
     
  6. armorshell

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    A 90% overhead?! You'd have to work hard to get it that high!

    Also, someone paying off their loans over a long period isn't really probative. If loan interest rates are lower then conservative investment interest rates, I'd pay my loans back over as long a period as possible too.
     
  7. soswank

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    True. However if you do decide to go into pedo specialization, the probability of you dealing with with nasty bitching mothers are higher compared to endo for example.
     
  8. mola_pulla

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    If you were to have a 90% overhead I think it is time to get some help from a practice management group. The average overhead is about 65%. If I were looking for a practice to buy and the dentists showed me his/her books and that he/she had a 90% overhead, I'd jump out of my chair and run. That is ridiculous!!
     
  9. acissej323

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    It is hard to put an annual figure on it, my uncle is an ortho in mississippi, and he averages 2 million a year. Granted this is his 6th year with two of his own practices, and he doesnt have student loans because he went through the HPSP program. Plus his wife is his office manager, but he puts a lot of money back into the practice by taking vacations with all the workers and updating his equipment regularly... something to look forward to
     
  10. aphistis

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    I heard my dad's brother's nephew's aunt's grandpa's niece's best friend's pastor's daughter's teacher's doctor's lawyer's veterinarian's neighbor's boss' janitor's barber is a dentist and he makes $7.6 trillion a year working 3 minutes a week and has -14% overhead.
     
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    wow, excuse me for posting, someone asked about income for specialties, and I did so about what I know.
     
  12. dc-10

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    That's 2 million gross, not net?
     
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    Yes, and so did Aphistis. Anyway, my brother's, cousin's, nephew's, mother's former roomate makes 800k as a pedodontist :thumbup:
     
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    I'm a pedo and I make 5-trillion dollars a year with 99% overhead. Sorry, I couldn't help it, I have to jump in :p
     
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    wow, this thread went from zero to complete sarcasm in no time!
     
  16. IcemanDDS

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    If you were making good money as a dentist, then why bother cutting hair? :laugh:
     
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    He is one of ye olde toothedrawers.

    With his periapt of paineles prognostication he will remuve even ye most pernicious of tootheworms for the mear coste of 1 shiling
     
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    Is it true that an Orthodontist paids the lowest overhead cost??
    Also if Ortho is the "most" competive field then why does OMS get paid the most??
    Just wondering....


     
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    b/c people arent competing for the salary its for the job, OMSF can make more, but they work more for that money, ortho gets paid obscene gobs of money and its mostly a supervisor job with you assistants making all the money for you
     
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    Those posted figures could be accurate for some, but there are so many variables in dentistry that such figures don't mean much. They certainly highlight the potential that is available, but the great thing about our profession is you can find employment working 6 days a week or 1 day a week if you wish to.
     
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    Dermatology is the most competitive medical specialty, but they don't make the most either. Its all about the lifestyle to income ratio.
     
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    :laugh:

    Well played, sir.
     
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    Many people pay back their loans over 15-30 years. It is worth it to them to not pay them off right away because they only have an interest rate of 5% after consolidation.

    If you can invest your income into an investment that is gaining an 8-10% return, why put all your money towards your loans when you can make more money in an IRA, CD, bonds, money market, etc., etc..

    If you hate the loan hovering over your head, pay it off quicker and then invest. It depends on what you want and there are various paths to take.

    Income is so subjective too. Gordon Christensen is a general dentist and is a multi millionaire.
     
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    I thought he was a prosthodontist?
     
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    I saw a list of income for specialties as well! Which one is more accurate?
    http://www.hsc.stonybrook.edu/dental/thereach/fields.htm
     

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