The average salary for a dentist in Australia

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The average salary for a dentist in Australia
Dentists' salaries vary based on several factors. (Getty creative)

Many variables affect the salaries of dentists in Australia. These includes things like a dentist’s level of experience or the type of company he works for. There is also a marked gender gap in salary within the dentistry field. Women generally earn less than men in Australia.

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Experience

Salaries for dentists often vary depending upon on how much experience a dentist has. A dentist in Australia may expect a salary to generally fall between $43,000 and $80,700 in Australian dollars with one to four years of experience. Those with five to nine years of experience report a salary range of $48,100 to $93,700. Some of the highest-paid Australian dentists are those with 10 to 19 years of experience. They report a salary range of $40,000 to $116,800. As of May 2014, AUD $1 exchanged for £0.55, meaning that the salary range overall was between £22,000 and £64,240. However, purchasing power and cost of living vary between Australia and the UK.

Employer Type

Dentists in Australia work for a variety of employers. Those working for private practices or firms have a salary range of AUD $49,200 to $82,900. Those working in hospitals have salaries that generally fall between $24,900 and $60,100, while those who work for general companies have a salary range of $32,600 to $81,500. Australian dentists working for the state and local governments have a salary range of $64,100 to $90,300.

Location

Salaries for Australian dentists also vary by where they work. Those employed in Brisbane have some of the highest salaries. They report a salary range of AUD $52,300 to $90,200. Dentists working in Sydney also report some of the highest salaries, with a range of $41,500 to $82,700. Melbourne dentists have salaries that generally fall between $33,200 and $64,100, while Adelaide dentists report a salary range of $32,600 to $57,100.

Bonuses

Bonuses are also part of a dentist’s income in Australia. These bonuses vary based on the dentist’s level of experience. Those with one to four years of experience have some of the highest salaries. They report a median bonus of $4,100. Bonuses for those with five to nine years of experience drop to a reported median of $815. Dentists with 10 to 19 years of experience report a median bonus of $1,400.

Benefits

Australian dentists often receive benefits along with their salary, with paid sick leave is the most commonly reported benefit. Many Australian dentists also receive paid holidays or vacation time. Superannuation is also a common benefit. Though not as commonly reported, some dentists in Australia also receive life/disability insurance or a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). A Private Medical Insurance (PMI) option is also rarely reported.

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