Endodontists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $200K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Endodontists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Endodontist
An endodontist is a specialized dentist who focuses on treating the soft tissue inside the tooth, the tooth pulp, or various nerves surrounding the tooth. This person will work inside a healthcare environment, and will typically keep traditional office hours. This person will generally work with a team of other dental professionals and office personnel.Read More...
This position does require one to be a licensed dentist. An aspiring endodontist should attain a bachelor’s degree before completing the dental admissions test and then attend dental school, which lasts an additional four years. An endodontist will need to undergo 2-3 years of additional training before completing the American Board of Endodontology exam and receiving his or her licensure.
An endodontist will be qualified to perform all typical dental procedures, in addition to their specialized treatment. Here are some common procedures and duties associated with being an endodontist: performing a root canal, following up a root canal with a cap or crown, diagnosing and treating various pain within the mouth and jaw, prescribing medicine for pain relief before and after dental procedures, performing various oral surgeries, removing diseased tissue, removing partial teeth, amputating the root of a tooth, treating infection, removing tooth implants, and replacing teeth. An endodontist should be extremely dexterous with the ability to focus on details. This person should pay a great deal of attention to the task at hand. This person should maintain current education requirements regarding various medical procedures and technological improvements.
- Remove damaged and non-restorable teeth.
- Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
- Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
- Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
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Pay by Experience Level for Endodontist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $197K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $198K. For Endodontists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $202K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Endodontist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $247K on average.