Oral Surgeon Salary
Compensation for Oral Surgeons in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($208K). Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Oral Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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Job Description for Oral Surgeon
Oral surgeons are responsible for diagnosing and treating various conditions related to the mouth. These surgeons generally work in indoor healthcare environments (including both hospitals and private practice) during traditional weekly business hours, though there are some exceptions, as well.Read More...
Oral surgeons often work with a team of assistants and perhaps other surgeons. Their responsibilities are wide-ranging and include: diagnosing and treating various injuries; monitoring defects in regions of the face; removing impacted/wisdom teeth; performing reconstructive surgery; inserting dental implants; reconstructive dental surgery; removal of cancerous tumors and cysts in the jaw; and providing ultimate patient comfort and ensuring the highest-quality care.
This is a position which requires excellent bedside manner and the ability to explain medical terms to those who may not have medical knowledge. Oral surgeons must also participate in ongoing education within their field, as the technology and processes they use are evolving constantly.
Requirements for the position include: completion of a pre-medical bachelor’s program; about eight subsequent years of education/training; completion of a four-year dental program; a surgery internship; oral surgery residency to gain experience under a surgeon's direct supervision; and any state licenses or board certification examinations which may be required.
Oral Surgeon Tasks
- Administer anesthesia and provide treatment and post-treatment plans for patients.
- Examine and diagnose patients, treating oral cancers, tumors, cysts, deformities, diseased teeth, and other problems.
- Perform corrective and reconstructive mouth, jaw, neck, and dental surgery.
- Surgically reconstruct and cosmetically improve head, jaw, neck, and face appearance.
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Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgeon
Pay by Experience for an Oral Surgeon has a positive trend. An entry-level Oral Surgeon with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $208,000 based on 67 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Oral Surgeon with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $197,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Oral Surgeon which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $221,000 based on 31 salaries. An Oral Surgeon with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $220,000 based on 18 salaries.
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