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    UPDATED: The latest hourly and annual salary numbers for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants throughout the United States

    With two years worth of data, we take an in-depth look at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see what dentists, hygienists and assistants are making across the nation.

    They’re baaaaack and, just like in the movie "Poltergeist," that’s not good news for some of you.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest salary numbers for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants in all 50 states. We gave you the numbers for May 2013 earlier this year (along with some analysis) when they came out. Now, with May 2014 numbers being released, we are looking at two years of data to see where salaries are heading for all of these important members of the practice.

    Again, as noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The payroll for workers is reported before deductions of any kind, e.g. for old-age and unemployment insurance, withholding tax, union dues or retirement plans. Included in the payroll reports is pay for overtime, vacations, holidays and sick leave paid directly by the firm. Bonuses, commissions, and other types of non-wage cash payments are excluded unless they are earned and paid regularly (at least once a month). Employee benefits paid by the employer, as well as tips and payments in kind, are excluded.”

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    Where are things looking up? Well, it’s apparently a great time to be a dentist in North Carolina as hourly wages improved from $90 to $98.95 per hour from May 2013 to May 2014. That also pushed the annual average wage to over $200,000 in the Tarheel State.

    The same can be said for dentists in Kansas, who saw their hourly wage skyrocket from $73.10 per hour to $83.52 per hour.

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    However, it wasn’t necessarily a good year in Fargo, Minot, and Bismarck as dentists in North Dakota saw their hourly and annual wages plummet in the span of a year, dropping from $100.46 and $208,960, respectively, to $88.27 and $183,600.

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    We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the good and bad news from the most recent salary numbers in a future article. However, for now, take a look below to see how your state fared. It’s a great way to see if you’ll be laughing or crying after seeing what you’re making compared to your colleagues in your state.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Pacific Northwest region, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Southwest region, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the South Central region, including Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Midwest region, including Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the North Central region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Northeast region, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, please click here.

    To see the dentist, hygienist, and assistant salary numbers for the Southeast region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee, please click here.

    Kevin Henry
    Kevin Henry is the group editorial director for Advanstar Dental Media and has more than 15 years of experience in the dental ...

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