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Orthodontist Salary

Salaries for Orthodontists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($162K) per year. Most Orthodontists report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. The majority of Orthodontists (63 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$81,540 - $260,419
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MEDIAN: $151,160
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$12.72 - $152.05
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National Salary Data

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$81,540 - $260,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,490  
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$61,915 - $285,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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$12.72 - $152.05  
   
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,490  
   
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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$61,915 - $285,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Job Description for Orthodontist

Orthodontists help to straighten teeth for people of all ages. They do a lot of their work on braces. Sometimes an orthodontist is able to step in and fix the teeth before having to go through dental surgery. An orthodontist fits dental appliances in patients' mouths in order to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws, and to realign teeth. He or she also diagnoses teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities. An orthodontist examines patients in order to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures. Orthodontist can install braces for people of all ages. This is a position that requires a three to four year graduate degree at a dental school and well as at least two years in the residency program that is commissioned by the American Dental Association. To maintain a license and keep\ up to date about new diseases and treatment, ongoing education is required. Being an orthodontist can be a tedious and somewhat challenging occupation. However, the feeling of knowing that you are helping others to look and feel better about themselves is a reward that greatly outweighs many other factors.


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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $148K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $173K. Orthodontists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $183K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$162,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 30%