These Are The 10 Best States For Dentists

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by Chris Kolmar
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Dentists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as dentists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since dentists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where dentists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for dentists. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s dentists:

  1. Delaware
  2. South Carolina
  3. Wisconsin
  4. North Carolina
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Alaska
  7. Wyoming
  8. Kansas
  9. South Dakota
  10. North Dakota

So there you have it — Delaware is the best of the best when it comes to being a dentists.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for dentists (and future dentists) and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a dentist

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for dentists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well dentists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for dentists in California is $170,490 and the average salary in Illinois is $149,400, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for dentists in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for dentists.

1. Delaware

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $227,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $110,190
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.04

2. South Carolina

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,670
Average Annual Salary: $195,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,900
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.19

3. Wisconsin

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,010
Average Annual Salary: $203,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $107,840
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.0

4. North Carolina

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,160
Average Annual Salary: $211,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $90,210
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.06

5. New Hampshire

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $217,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $124,550
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.94

6. Alaska

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 200
Average Annual Salary: $217,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $133,610
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.85

7. Wyoming

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $171,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $86,680
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.2

8. Kansas

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 950
Average Annual Salary: $182,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $96,130
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.96

9. South Dakota

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $153,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $88,190
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.12

10. North Dakota

Best States For Dentists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $214,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,450
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.74

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a dentist these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a dentist in America:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Illinois
  3. Nebraska

Detailed List Of The Best States For Dentists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Delaware $227,160 $110,190 330
2 South Carolina $195,350 $81,900 1,670
3 Wisconsin $203,570 $107,840 2,010
4 North Carolina $211,370 $90,210 3,160
5 New Hampshire $217,790 $124,550 430
6 Alaska $217,120 $133,610 200
7 Wyoming $171,340 $86,680 250
8 Kansas $182,340 $96,130 950
9 South Dakota $153,880 $88,190 340
10 North Dakota $214,450 $93,450 240
11 Minnesota $193,320 $112,420 1,760
12 Ohio $191,270 $86,970 3,280
13 Oregon $193,960 $102,700 1,090
14 Idaho $191,140 $59,790 460
15 Montana $147,250 $71,720 410
16 New York $173,980 $106,650 8,190
17 Mississippi $178,610 $68,340 700
18 Tennessee $176,080 $94,400 1,000
19 Maine $185,290 $100,600 360
20 Iowa $185,270 $91,870 860
21 Michigan $169,080 $61,910 3,740
22 Nevada $195,360 $77,220 850
23 West Virginia $163,610 $87,520 420
24 Oklahoma $155,250 $66,290 1,250
25 Massachusetts $179,390 $80,750 3,470
26 Missouri $166,000 $71,060 1,860
27 Arkansas $171,450 $62,600 750
28 New Mexico $170,570 $43,420 770
29 Rhode Island $180,220 $78,800 350
30 Colorado $178,710 $73,910 1,920
31 Kentucky $168,460 $70,660 820
32 Connecticut $188,580 $90,450 1,230
33 Georgia $177,540 $81,550 2,450
34 Vermont $180,970 $95,830 180
35 Texas $171,870 $64,230 8,140
36 Hawaii $154,880 $85,760 530
37 Washington $182,990 $62,790 2,110
38 Arizona $155,940 $65,370 2,080
39 Florida $170,270 $70,810 5,570
40 New Jersey $166,700 $96,160 2,560
41 California $170,490 $61,580 12,870
42 Maryland $158,310 $53,540 2,380
43 Virginia $156,040 $68,690 2,860
44 Alabama $174,870 $51,320 980
45 Utah $121,340 $53,250 1,100
46 Indiana $146,760 $58,270 2,050
47 Pennsylvania $150,620 $53,890 3,940
48 Nebraska $153,460 $57,880 530
49 Illinois $149,400 $56,080 3,610
50 Louisiana $139,080 $36,550 820