There are five key career paths that a dental surgeon could potentially follow, and these are; a dental surgeon within a dental practice, a dental surgeon within a hospital, a community dental surgeon, a dental surgeon specialising in cosmetic dentistry or a dental surgeon within the armed forces.
The chosen role within the dental industry can have a considerable effect on how much a dentist can earn. There are also auxiliary roles including dental hygienist and dental technicians and the opportunity to work within the NHS or for a private trust or practice.
So in answer to the question; how much can a dentist earn?
Website prospects.ac.uk states that “Current (Jan 10) salary as a vocational dental practitioner (VDP), which is the year of work following qualification from university: £29,800.”
However, do not be disheartened as according to NHS Careers an NHS general practitioner and a community dentist approximately £38,000 to £80,000 per annum and a consultant or specialist within the NHS can expect a dentist salary of between £75,000 and £100,000 per annum.
A dentist salary could be in excess of these figures in within a private firm or trust. And in fact financial website of the year, thisismoney.co.uk claimed in 2010 that “The number of dentists smashing through the £300,000 barrier has gone up by 10% in the past year as their pay continues to soar.”
Within the Armed forces the opportunities for increased salary as a dental surgeon increase with rank and experience, however The Armed Forces Pay Review advises that a general dental practitioner within the armed forces can earn in excess of £120,000 per annum.
A dentist salary, combined with the continued demand for general dental practitioners through to specialist surgeons points to an inviting career for those individuals prepared to invest the time and energy in the required training and education.
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