34 statistics on private dental practice operating costs

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There are a number of expenses necessary to keep the doors of a private dental practice open. Here are 34 statistics on these yearly expenses based on American Dental Association data, according to an HHS report.

Non-dentist staff salaries
•    Mean: $186,950
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 21.9 percent

Employed dentists salaries
•    Mean: $147,470
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 10.4 percent

Dental supplies
•    Mean: $54,120
•    As a percentage of gross billings:6.4 percent  

Employee taxes (dentist and non-dentist)
•    Mean: $49,330
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 5.4 percent

Commercial dental laboratory charges
•    Mean: $8,080
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 6.4 percent

Yearly rent
•    Mean: $42,490
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 5.6 percent

Yearly mortgage
•    Mean: $40,050
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 5.3 percent

Total cost of fringe benefits for dentists
•    Mean: $32,130
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 3.8 percent

Total cost of fringe benefits for non-dentists
•    Mean: $19,500
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 2.1 percent  

Annual depreciation costs on dental and office equipment
•    Mean: $17,380
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 2.2 percent  

Office supplies
•    Mean: $14,330
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 1.8 percent  

Advertising expenses
•    Mean: $11,290
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 1.2 percent  

Taxes on business and business property
•    Mean: $7,290
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 0.9 percent  

Repairs to dental and office equipment
•    Mean: 5,360  
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 0.7 percent  

Office insurance
•    Mean: $5,090
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 0.8 percent

Professional liability insurance premiums
•    Mean: $4,570
•    As a percentage of gross billings: 0.7 percent  

Total
•    Mean: $685,430
•    As a percentage of gross billings: $75.6 percent  

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