One of the most memorable things about childhood is earning money from the tooth fairy for every tooth you lose. But not every tooth fairy pays the same rate per tooth. The team at Dental Care Alliance conducted an original survey in which 1,218 parents from around the United States were asked: “How much money do your children get from the tooth fairy when they lose a tooth?” The survey respondents were also asked what state they lived in to determine in which states the tooth fairy pays the most per tooth and the states where she pays the least. The average tooth fairy payment across the United States came out to be $4.57 per tooth, although you may be surprised by how much the tooth fairy pays per tooth in some states. While many children across the country earn a dollar for every tooth they lose, a handful of parents surveyed said that their child gets a whopping $50 per tooth from the tooth fairy! When you were growing up, what was the going rate for the tooth fairy?
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In Which State Does the Tooth Fairy Pay the Most per Tooth?
The state where the tooth fairy pays the most per tooth is Delaware, where children were paid an average of $8.91 per tooth. While most of the surveyed parents from Delaware said that their children get between one and five dollars per tooth, two separate parents said that their child gets an unbelievable $50 per tooth from the tooth fairy!
The 10 States Where the Tooth Fairy Pays the Most per Tooth
- Delaware: $8.91
- Hawaii: $8.39
- Florida: $7.42
- Mississippi: $6.17
- Rhode Island: $6.12
- Texas: $6.00
- Wisconsin: $5.89
- New York: $5.88
- Georgia: $5.81
- New Jersey: $5.61
In Which State Does the Tooth Fairy Pay the Least per Tooth?
The state where the tooth fairy pays the least per tooth is Iowa, where children get an average of just $2.30 per tooth. The tooth fairy payments per tooth in Iowa ranged from 50 cents to five dollars.
The 10 States Where the Tooth Fairy Pays the Least per Tooth
- Iowa: $2.30
- Wyoming: $2.43
- Massachusetts: $2.48
- Nebraska: $2.59
- Idaho: $2.64
- Washington: $2.69
- Kansas: $2.72
- Illinois $2.75
- Maine $2.88
- North Dakota $3.02
How Many Teeth Fall Out in Childhood?
Between the ages of 6 months and 33 months, children will usually grow 20 primary teeth, which include the central and lateral incisors, canine teeth, and the first and second molars. All of the primary teeth will shed as the child grows, with most replaced by adult teeth by the age of 12. With an average tooth fairy payment of $8.91, children in Delaware could earn up to $178.20 over the course of losing their baby teeth!
How many permanent teeth take the place of the primary teeth we lose? Thirty-two permanent teeth begin to come in after the baby teeth are lost, and they’re the only set of teeth you get, so make sure to keep up on regular dental care by visiting a dental office near you.
Average Tooth Fairy Payment in Every State
Average Payment per Tooth
This original survey of 1,218 parents around the United States was conducted by Dental Care Alliance using a Google Forms survey.
Respondents were asked two questions:
- In what state do you live?
- How much money do your children get from the “Tooth Fairy” when they lose a tooth? (Please enter a dollar amount)
The average for each state is based on the responses of at least 20 people who have identified as parents. Responses claiming to pay more than $50.00, or less than $0.01 per tooth were removed to avoid unfairly skewing a state’s average payment per tooth.