Before plunging into a new dentistry job, it stands to reason that you’ll want to have a clear idea of the sort of salary you can expect to earn.
And if you’re considering a move into dentistry or a peripheral profession, you’ll want to know just how much you’ll be able to command once all the hard work is done and you’ve got your training well under your belt.
Before we dig in to dental salaries, let’s take a quick look at the average wage in the UK. The average wage isn’t the best measure of standards of living – it takes into account people who’ve been in their profession for decades, not to mention extreme outliers like CEOs earning hundreds of thousands every year – but it gives you an idea of where you stand in terms of earnings in British society.
Without further ado, the average UK wage in 2012 was… £26500.
So, compared to that, how do the dental professions match up?
It’s pretty well known that Dentists are some of the UK’s best paid professionals. It’s well deserved too – the training takes five years and dentists are required to build a very specialised and sophisticated skillset. Dentistry requires a strong grasp of science and biology, masterful manual dexterity, and excellent people skills and “chairside” manner.
Dentists can expect to earn £30,000 in their first year as a vocational dental practitioner straight out of training.
Fully qualified dentists who mix NHS work with private work will earn between £50,000 and £110,000, the upper range being populated with Dentists with several years of experience.
Consultant Dentists with specialty expertise in particular treatments earn £75-£100,000 working for the NHS, and can conceivably earn more if they work for a private clinic.
Dental Nurse Salary
Dental nurses perform a valuable role in assisting the dentist with treatment. Their duties include preparing the necessary instruments, creating the mixtures required for treatment and fillings, and ensuring that patients remain comfortable.
An entry level dental nurse can expect to earn between £16000 and £19000 at their first job. After some years of experience, pay for dental nurses rises to between £18000 and £22000 per year. Salary plateaus around this range for dental nurses, although nurses that able to specialise in a particular treatment can earn between £21000 to £27000.
There are opportunities for dental nurses looking to further their career and earnings – progressing to the role of dental nurse team manager or Dental Nurse Tutor can put them at an income level of £25000-£34000per year.
Dental Hygienist Salary
Dental Hygienists are charged with preventative treatments intended to keep teeth clean and minimise the chance of dental problems occurring in future. It’s an interesting dental career with reasonable opportunity for career and salary progression.
Dental Hygienists start on between £21000 and £27000 in the UK. Hygienist salary may rise to between £33000 and £39300, with several years of experience.
How Do UK Dental Salaries Compare with the Rest Of The World?
UK Dental salaries are generous but by no means the highest in the world. Qualified dentists in the US and Japan earn around 80% more than that of a UK Dentist, taking into account the different costs of living. Dentists in Australia also earn around 15% more than UK Dentists, accounting for costs of living.
The higher salaries in these countries are probably due to the predominance of private practices.
However, UK Dentists still earn among the highest dental salaries in the world. They also have very reasonable work hours, clocking in at around 37 hours per week.
Now you’ve got a better idea of what you can expect to earn in your chosen dental profession, it’s time to find you a job! Dental Gateway is the premier portal for connecting budding dental professionals with positions at dental practices – so sign up and we’ll help you find your perfect position.