You might be surprised to learn how much dentists make.
But the news isn’t all good.
The average dental office in the United States has about 2,000 employees, according to the Association of American Dental Hygienists.
And as the health of the nation’s dentists becomes a major concern, dental office jobs have also been on the decline.
It is estimated that between 20 and 30% of dentists will be in retirement within the next decade, according the Association for Dental Health.
That means, with so many dentists retiring, they will have to take on more dental work.
The average salary for a dentist in the U.S. is $79,000, according Toonix, which is up about $25,000 from 2016.
But dentists don’t have to worry about their own retirement.
They can choose a plan with a lower salary and other benefits.
That’s because dental offices are so much more flexible than other occupations.
Dental offices have the ability to reduce hours of work and layoff workers for any reason.
Dental office workers also can choose to work part time, work from home or even for free.
So, it’s no surprise that some dentists are willing to take a risk.
Dents need to be paid for the hours they work, so if they are willing and able to work from the home, they can save money, said Elizabeth Koehler, an associate professor of management at the University of Southern California.
This article was originally published on Reuters Health.
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