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Dental therapist Average UK Salary & Prospects

Dental therapists carry out routine treatments prescribed by a dentist.

  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.  
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.  
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain
Read more about Dental therapist

Dental therapists typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Dental therapist you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
  • Read more about Dental therapist
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    32,838 GBP *
    per year
    24,214 GBP
    37,267 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Dental therapist

    Men make 6% more than Women
    21% of Dental therapists are men
    • 34,304 GBP
    • 32,253 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Dental therapist
    Average salary for full-time Dental therapist

    • 21,530 GBP
    • 21,113 GBP
    • 24,621 GBP
    • 32,838 GBP
    • 32,253 GBP
    • 34,304 GBP
    Pay over time for Dental therapist

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 33,328 GBP
    • 33,255 GBP
    • 32,859 GBP
    • 32,386 GBP
    • 32,753 GBP
    • 32,838 GBP

    Future outlook for Dental therapists

    Balanced outlook
    127 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    0% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Dental therapist - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Dental therapist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 81% of people in this role have a Doctoral degree
    • 7% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 6% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You'll need:

    •  customer service skills  
    •  knowledge of medicine and dentistry  
    •  excellent verbal communication skills  
    •  sensitivity and understanding  
    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    •  the ability to work well with others  
    •  the ability to work well with your hands  
    •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Dental therapist


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Dental therapist.
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Dental therapist. Check that you know:
    Accounting software
    Internet browser software Web browser software
    Medical software AlphaDent; DentiMax; Henry Schein Dentrix; Windent SQL
    Office suite software Microsoft Office
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Dental therapist interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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