I read some information on a pre-healthcare magazine called KEEPSAKE 2004 - they talk about healthcare professionals in depth - what they do, what they make, what you need to prepare to become one, etc. They said some nice things about Dentistry on this month's issue - particulary their income. " What Dentists Make: For general practitioners ages 30-34, the average net income is $165,500. For general practitioners ages 45-49, the average net income is $196,210. For specialists ages 35-39, the average net income is $253,520, and for ages 50-54 is $313,260. " This is the most upto date salary information I came across... although there are numerous discrepancies, the average Dentist still makes much below those figures when you take the associates incomes into consideration.