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Orthodontist Salary

Orthodontists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $152K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men working as Orthodontists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. For the most part, Orthodontists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$80,702 - $254,106
(Median)
$81K
$150K
$250K
MEDIAN: $152,353
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$12.87 - $153.51
(Median)
$13
$97
$150
MEDIAN: $96.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$80,702 - $254,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,685  
Total Pay (?
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$68,510 - $283,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $153.51  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,685  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$68,510 - $283,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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.


Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $153K per year. On average, Orthodontists make $186K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $160K.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$165,000

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 27%
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