Dentist | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Dentists diagnose and treat teeth and mouth problems, and work to prevent dental disease and promote oral health.

  • 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
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Dentists typically work around 35 to 40 hours per week.

As a Dentist you will typically work as a contractor / self-employed.

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
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    66,673 GBP *
    per year
    32,000 GBP
    85,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Dentist
    • 53,357 GBP
    Average salary for full-time Dentist

    • 66,673 GBP
    • 53,357 GBP
    Salary over time for Dentist

    Salary for this role has increased over time
    • 49,491 GBP
    • 62,095 GBP
    • 66,971 GBP
    • 67,165 GBP
    • 82,839 GBP
    • 66,673 GBP
    • 59,669 GBP

    Future outlook for Dentists

    Excellent outlook
    5 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    3% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    21% chance of automation in the future

    Dentist - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Dentist 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:

    •  the ability to work well with others  
    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    •  patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations  
    •  sensitivity and understanding  
    •  knowledge of medicine and dentistry  
    •  customer service skills  
    •  excellent verbal communication skills  
    •  the ability to work well with your hands  
    • 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 Dentist


    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 Dentist.
    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 Dentist. 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 Dentist 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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