Dentists held about 151,500 jobs in 2014. According to the American Dental Association
, about 3 out of 4 dentists in private practice are solo proprietors, and almost 15 percent belong to a partnership.
Employment of dentists is projected to grow 18 percent through 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good, reflecting the need to replace the large number of dentists expected to retire.Earnings
Median annual wages of salaried general dentists were $159770 in May 2016. Earnings vary according to the number of years in practice, hours worked and specialty. Self-employed dentists in private practice tend to earn more than salaried dentists.