Dental Clinic Comparison Chart: Capacity and Costs for Fixed Clinics, Mobile Clinics and Clinics Using Portable Equipment

 
Fixed*
Mobile
Portable
Size

3-chair
(1800 sq ft)

6-chair
(2925 sq ft)
9-chair
(3490 sq ft)

12-chair
(3970 sq ft)

2-chair
2-chair

Patients Treated/Year

1000-1800

1801-3600

3601-5400

5401-7200

500-800

500-800

Visits/Year (DDS+DH)

3000-3400

6400-6600

9500-10000

12800-32000

1400-2000

1200-1800

Start-up Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remodeling ($139/sq ft)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction($209/sq ft)

$375,900

$610,800

$728,790

$829,000

$380,200

N/A

Large Equipment

$171,943

$266,586

$343,917

$465,075

$20,246
Most equipment
is built into unit

$19,478

Supplies, Instruments and Small Equipment

$48,472

$92,963

$136,899

$180,974

$24,431

$24,431

Annual Operating Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff
Dentists' Average Salary
Director $135,200
Staff $101,920

1

$135,200

2

$237,120

3

$339,040

4

$440,960

1

$101,920

1

$101,920

Dental Assistants'
Average Salary $32,666

2

$65,333

4

$130,666

6

$195,996

8

$261,331

2

$65,333

2

$65,333

Dental Hygienists'
Average Salary $62,895

0.5

$31,448

1

$62,895

1.5

$94,343

2

$125,790

N/A

N/A

Clerical/Receptionists'
Average Salary $35,693

0

1

$35,693

1

$35,693

1

$35,693

N/A

N/A

Utilities Average
$8,840 to $12,064

$8,840

$9,568

$10,816

$12,064

Varies
$0 to $3,700

N/A

Rent or Mortgage Payment Average $30,000

$27,300

$28,392

$31,720

$32,760

N/A

N/A

Dental Supplies $7,100/operatory

$21,300

$42,600

$63,900

$85,200

$14,200

$14,200

Other
(charts, office supplies, etc.) $2,438 to $4,876

$2,438

$2,968

$3,710

$4,876

$2,438

$2,438

Total Start-Up Costs

$596,315

$970,322

$1,209,606

$1,475,049

$424,877

$43,909

Total Annual Operating Costs

$291,859

$549,902

$775,218

$998,647

$187,591

$183,053

Total First-Year Costs

$888,174

$1,520,224

$1,984,824

$2,473,723

$612,468

$226,962


* Fixed locations may include a free-standing facility, community health center, hospital, school or other location.
** Cost is based on 2004 salaries in the Southwest and 2004 equipment/supply costs adjusted for inflation for 2008.