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Dentist Salary in Washington - WA

Dentists are considered one of the medical professionals that are in highest demand in the State of Washington.  The Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis Branch offers statistics that lists dentists among the top 25 high-paying jobs requiring a bachelor's degree or higher. In fact, dentists were actually listed as number three in 2009, with a median annual salary of $166,400.

Based on an index of salary information extracted from millions of job postings over the last 12 months, puts the average annual dentist salary in Washington at $132,000. Salaries for dentists in major cities throughout Washington are as follows:  Seattle, $128,000; Tacoma, $122,000; Spokane, $129,000 and Bellevue, $127,000. Keep in mind that this is a mid-range compilation and the survey includes dentists who practice in the military, dentists who work in clinics, as well as those who have established their own solo practice and those who are part of a group practice.

Dentists in private practice generally have excellent working conditions, practicing 40 hours or fewer each week and typically are not called in the middle of the night or on weekends for emergencies. Many new graduates from Washington’s dental schools begin work in group practices as associate dentists.