Pay for dentists

Most NHS dentists working in dental practices are self-employed contractors.

The profit of dental practices varies according to the services they provide for their patients and the way they choose to provide these services.

Dentists in training

Newly qualified dentists who want to work in the NHS must undertake dental foundation training for one year, for which the annual salary is £30,132.

After completing their dental foundation training, dentists can either choose to work in a dental practice, or enter dental core training. Dental core trainees earn a basic salary between £29,912 and £39,092, and may be paid an additional supplement depending on their working pattern.

Salaried dentists

Salaried dentists employed by the NHS, working mainly with community dental services, earn a basic salary of between £38,095 and £81,480.


Consultants in dental specialties are paid on the same scales as other hospital consultants and earn a basic salary of between £75,249 and £101,451 per year dependent on years of seniority in the consultant grade. Local and national Clinical Excellence Awards may be awarded subject to meeting the necessary criteria.

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