Doctors are earning up to $100,000 more than they used to, according to the latest figures from the Medical Research Council.
The figures were released on Tuesday.
They show that the average salary for a paediatric dentist was up by 7.4 per cent to $96,300 in 2018-19, from $93,300 a year earlier.
The rise was driven by the growth of specialist training and higher demand for paediatric dentists.
It was also driven by an increase in the number of specialist dental school places available, which is helping to drive the increase.
The annual rise was higher than the average annual salary of inflation.
It rose by 4.3 per cent for the second consecutive year.
Dr Martin Healy, MD, chief executive of the MRC, said the trend had been building for years, and was only now beginning to reach the tipping point.
He said: “Our paediatric dental profession has a long history of improving and the new figures show that we are in a very strong position to do so.”
As we grow, so too do the opportunities and the potential benefits of specialization.
“In the future, it is essential that our profession is in a position to take on a greater role in addressing the changing health needs of the world, and providing dental care for children and adults.”
The MRC’s figures show a rise in the proportion of dental students in the UK who are graduates from medical schools.
This has increased by 16 per cent since 2011.
Dr Healy said the rising number of graduates was being fuelled by the increase in demand for dentists from overseas.
“These new graduates are the backbone of our medical school business and many of them are graduates of private dental schools, which are increasingly being sought by the NHS,” he said.
Dr Daniel McLean, a paediatrics professor at the University of Southampton, said: “[The] growth of the number and the number in terms of the medical schools that are offering these programs has been quite significant.”
The increase in our population of paediatricians and paediatric specialists is a direct result of the growth in demand from overseas and we are now seeing this increase in recruitment from outside the UK.
“This means that the supply of dental services has increased dramatically in terms, and in some cases has grown to levels which we have never seen before.”
There are increasing opportunities for paediatrics and paediatrics graduates to come to the UK from overseas, particularly from China, to be able to do their practice and get their dental training.