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Dentists Salary in Nigeria (2021)




This post covers all about Dentist Salary in Nigeria; How Much They Earn (2021).

Dentistry is an aspect of medicine that deals with the health and treatment of the teeth and mouth. Just like every other aspect of medicine, a Dentists can choose to be general practitioners or specialists.

The salary that dentists in Nigeria receive is dependent on some factors. Since its a medical course, dental practitioners receive good pay for their services in hospitals, clinics, health centers where they are employed. Before we delve into how much dentists earn as salaries in Nigeria, let’s look at the various areas of dentistry in the country.

Different areas in dentistry include:

  • Dental Public Health

Dental public health deal with the prevention and control of dental diseases in a particular community. Generally, they uphold the good dental health of the public.

  • Endodontics

Endodontics is concerned with root canal treatment by removing the nerve and blood supply from and injured or infected tooth.

  • Oral Pathology

Oral pathology deals with oral diseases such as ulcers, bumps and cancers.

  • Oral And Maxillofacial Radiology

This deals with the diagnosis of diseases in head and neck areas through the use of imaging technologies.

  • Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

This concerns the surgical repairs of a cleft lip, palate or casting out impacted teeth, jaws and gums through series of procedures.

  • Orthodontics

This deals with the straightening of the teeth by applying pressure on the teeth with braces or any other dental appliance.

  • Dentofacial Orthopedics

This is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the alignment of the teeth and dental arches.

  • Periodontics

This is a branch of dentistry that is focused on the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.

  • Prosthodontics

This a branch of dentistry that deals with the design and artificial replacement of the teeth and other parts of the mouth.

As we proceed, we will take a look at the average salaries of dentists per month in the country, considering those that work in government hospitals and dental clinics as well as those that work in private hospitals.


Dentists’ salaries may not be the highest in the medical profession but they are part of the best paying. As is the case with medical doctors, dentists are almost guaranteed instant employment upon graduation from the university.

The salaries dentists are paid differ according to where they work, their years of experience in the profession as well as the location of their places of work. The average entry-level salaries of dentists per month is between ₦140,000 – ₦200,000 in private hospitals in Nigeria while dentists in government hospitals are paid monthly salaries ranging between ₦180,000 – ₦280,000. Dentists in federal hospitals are paid more than their counterparts in state hospitals.

Top Dentistry Accredited Schools In Nigeria

There are many top dental schools in Nigeria, but the ones that have modern equipment and good lecturers are few. Below are the best universities that offer dentistry as a course of study in Nigeria:

  • Bayero University in Kano
  • University of Ibadan in Ibadan
  • University of Port Harcourt in Port Harcourt
  • University of Benin in Benin
  • University of Lagos in Lagos
  • University of Maiduguri in Maiduguri
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka in Nsukka
  • University of Calabar in Calabar
  • Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-ife
  • Ogun State College of Health Technology in Ilese-Ijebu
  • Federal School of Dental Technology and Therapy in Enugu
  • Health Science and Technology in Makarfi


To be a professional dentist, there are stages and educational hurdles to climb. First, you are to acquire the normal O’level Certificate with at least credit in major science subjects including English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. An individual who has a passion for dentistry would go ahead to acquire a bachelor’s degree or a diploma in any dentistry accredited school, the program will last for about 5-6 depending on the institution.

After medical school, the dentist is required to get a house job that would last for a year. Where he would work with other medical personnel. Dentists are paid N120,000 to N180,000 as salaries depending on the level and hospital. Dental house officers who work in a government hospital usually earn more than those in private hospitals.

As soon as the house job is completed, the dentist is expected to go for one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps where they would be deployed to hospitals to serve.