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anonymousdent

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    $150k-> this will be dependent on geography. I want to highlight this starting salary number hasn’t changed in 9 years at a DSO I was affiliated with.
    i heard its way better than being an associate at a practice.
    Be careful with extreme verbage. “Way better” is hard to define. In the right private practice you’ll get $180k+ with 1/2 the work. I wouldn’t recommend staying at a DSO more than 1 year. 2 years would be an absolute max and you’ll be considered lucky if your soul is still intact. This said, it’s a fine option for a new grad. Unfortunately it’s becoming more of an option for experienced dentists too.
     
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    Mauricio45

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      It's hell of alot better than working as a private office associate. At least with DSOs, you can get your reps and speed in. DSOs tend to be more forgiving of "newbie" mistakes; whereas, private offices have a reputation to protect. Also, staff will never work hard for a private office associate; they will always give away the high prodn cases to the owner (i.e. person signing their paycheques). It's been my experience that corporations don't do this and it's not surprising why more and more dentists are moving towards corporation these days.

      However, not all DSOs are the same though. I live in Canada and I think corporations here are largely different than in the States. Not like Aspen Dental where they pressure you crazy on production numbers. I could never work for a coporation like that. But then again, if you're under-producing at a private office, the owner will get rid of you.
       
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        $150k-> this will be dependent on geography. I want to highlight this starting salary number hasn’t changed in 9 years at a DSO I was affiliated with.

        Be careful with extreme verbage. “Way better” is hard to define. In the right private practice you’ll get $180k+ with 1/2 the work. I wouldn’t recommend staying at a DSO more than 1 year. 2 years would be an absolute max and you’ll be considered lucky if your soul is still intact. This said, it’s a fine option for a new grad. Unfortunately it’s becoming more of an option for experienced dentists too.

        Agree with everything you said. Curious about the statement: "Unfortunately it's becoming more of an option for experienced dentists too." Can you elaborate?
         
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