• Number of accredited dentist programs has increased since 2018
    There were 70 CODA-accredited predoctoral dentist programs in 2022, an increase of 6.1 percent since 2018, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  • Dental school enrollment up 2.4% in 2023
    First-year dental program enrollment has increased by 2.4 percent since last year, according to data from the American Dental Association. 
  • Number of accredited dental assisting programs has dropped 8% since 2018
    There were 231 CODA-accredited dental assisting programs in 2022, a decrease of 8 percent since 2018, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  • Student tuition makes up 44% of dental school revenue: 30+ stats to know
    Tuition made up nearly 45 percent of total revenue at U.S. dental schools in 2021, according to data from the American Dental Association.
  • How much money do dental schools make?
    The average total revenue made by U.S. dental schools has increased from $3.24 billion in 2011 to $4.44 billion in 2021, according to data from the American Dental Association.
  • 5 states with the largest increases in dentist pay
    Kentucky saw the largest increase in average annual dentist salary, rising from $136,480 in 2021 to $188,910 in 2022, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • 5 states with the largest decreases in dentist pay
    Alaska saw the biggest drop in average annual dentist salary, decreasing from $168,390 in 2021 to $118,030 in 2022, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Where do oral surgeons earn the most?
    Arizona is the highest-paying state for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, while Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C. is the highest-paying metropolitan region, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • US pediatric dentist supply grows 113% in 20 years
    In 2022, there were 8,982 practicing pediatric dentists in the U.S., according to April data from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute — an increase of 113.2 percent since 2001.
  • Where do dental assistants earn the most?
    Minnesota is the highest-paying state for dental assistants, while San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., is the highest-paying metropolitan region, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Average dentist pay in 5 states with the most shortage areas
    California has 527 dental health professional shortage areas, the most of any state, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Where do dental hygienists earn the most?
    Alaska is the highest-paying state for dental hygienists, while Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, Calif., is the highest-paying metropolitan region, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Where do dentists earn the most?
    Delaware was the highest paying state in 2022, while Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash., was the highest paying region.
  • Highest-paying states for 3 dental jobs
    Delaware, Minnesota and Alaska were the highest-paying states for three dental roles in 2022, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Percentage of dentists affiliated with a DSO by specialty
    Orthodontists have the highest rate of DSO affiliation when compared to dentists in seven other dental specialties, according to May data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  • Dental hygienist hourly wage vs. minimum wage in every state
    Dental hygienists in Alaska are paid $54.70 an hour, the highest hourly wage of any U.S. state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Percentage of dentists affiliated with a DSO by state
    Nevada has the highest percentage of dentists that are affiliated with a DSO with 23 percent, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 
  • Dentist hourly wages vs. minimum wage in each state in 2023
    The average hourly wage for dentists largely exceeds the minimum wage in each state, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.  
  • Dentist salaries in the worst states for dental health
    Dentists in Mississippi — the worst state for dental health, according to rankings from personal finance website WalletHub — have an average salary of $157,110.
  • Dentist salaries in the best states for dental health
    Dentists in Wisconsin, the best state for dental health according to rankings from personal finance website WalletHub, have an average salary of $174,810.

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