Salary Range of a Pediatric Dentist


Pediatric dentists are considered to be dental specialists for babies, children and teens. Oral issues and health is taken into consideration when the pediatric dentist cares for the patient. Some specific oral health issues which children may suffer from may include tooth decay, cavities or baby root canals. As the dentist is specializing in a specific area, they may or may not earn more in the long run.


  • The average salary of a pediatric dentist is $137,970 a year in the United States. This is the median and would be approximately $66.33 an hour. The lower 10 percent of pediatric dentists earn $46,600 a year or $22.40 an hour. The top 10 percent, or on the upper end, pediatric dentists earn more than $167,000 a year or more than $80 an hour.

Top States

  • The top paying states are Oregon, Georgia, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin. The top paying state is Oregon where pediatric dentists earn about $212, 270 annually or $102.05 an hour. In Georgia pediatric dentists earn about $207,940 a year or almost $100 daily. Pediatric dentists in Missouri earn a yearly salary of $187,210 or an hourly salary of $90. Virginia salary for pediatric dentists is about $179,890, which is also $86.49 an hour. Wisconsin is the fifth highest paying state at an average yearly salary of $170,700 or $82.07 an hour.

Top Metropolitan Areas

  • Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, metropolitan division is the top paying metropolitan area for pediatric dentists paying out on average $208,920 or $100.44 an hour. Other top paying metropolitan areas include Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif; and Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio. These yearly salaries range from $176,740 up to $208,470.

Highest Paying Sites

  • The highest paying pediatric dentist works at Dedham Medical Associates, Inc. in Maryland, earning about $300,000 annually. The second and third highest paying pediatric dentists are both in California working at Community Dental Services making $260,000 a year.

Career Outlook

  • In 2006, there were 6,900 dentists specializing in areas such as pediatric dentistry employed in the United States. The prediction is that that in 2016 jobs will grow 7 percent to 7,400. In a 10-year period there will be approximately 500 more pediatric dentist positions.

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