700 dentists earn £200,000-plus
Thursday 22nd August 2013, 11:40AM BST.
About 700 dentists earn more than £200,000 a year – a drop on previous figures.
Of these, 200 earn more than £300,000 a year, while 150 earn £250,000 to £300,000.
The figures relate to taxable income from both NHS and private work among England and Wales’s dentists in 2011/12.
In 2010/11, 790 dentists earned more than £200,000 per year, according to the data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
There are 21,300 dentists in England and Wales, with 30% of those earning between £50,000 and £75,000.
Another 18% earn £75,000 to £100,000 while 22% earn £25,000 to £50,000.
Those earning more than £300,000 per year represent the top 1% of earners in dentistry.
Most (63%) earned less than £75,000 in 2011/12.
Dr John Milne, chair of the British Dental Association’s general dental practice committee, said: “These figures provide further evidence of the reducing incomes and continuing burden of expenses on dental practices across England and Wales we have seen over many years.
“This negatively affects their ability to invest in the premises, equipment and staff that are crucial to providing high-quality patient care.”
He added: “As the figures show, the great majority of dentists earn less than £75,000 a year from their NHS and private work combined.
“Those with significantly higher income figures are likely to be the owners of multi-surgery practices, or many practices, that provide care to very large numbers of patients.”