Oral Surgeon Salary
Oral Surgeons in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $205K per year on average. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Oral Surgeons (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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
- Perform corrective and reconstructive mouth, jaw, neck, and dental surgery.
- Surgically reconstruct and cosmetically improve head, jaw, neck, and face appearance.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgeon
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $203K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $194K. Oral Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $208K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $217K.