Orthodontist Salary

Orthodontists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($150K) annually in the United States. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Orthodontists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Orthodontists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,133 - $254,444

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$12.77 - $154.18

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$78,133 - $254,444  
   
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$0.00 - $23,490  
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$63,760 - $275,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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$12.77 - $154.18  
   
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$0.00 - $23,490  
   
Total Pay (?
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$63,760 - $275,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Orthodontist

Orthodontists are primarily responsible for providing treatment of dental issues which may require the application of braces. Those in this position also oversee their patients' dental health and progress and generally work with several staff members to accomplish this.

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Orthodontist Tasks

  • Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.
  • Examine patients in order to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.
  • Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths in order to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws, and to realign teeth.

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $153K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $183K. Orthodontists see a median salary of $160K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Orthodontists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $147K.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$161,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 28%
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