Orthodontist Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Orthodontist is $148,443 per year.
Orthodontist Salary (?
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$80,000 - $249,374
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MEDIAN: $148,442
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Orthodontist Salary (?
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$9.70 - $132.92
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National Salary Data

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$80,000 - $249,374  
   
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$0.00 - $24,658  
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$66,035 - $263,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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$9.70 - $132.92  
   
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$0.00 - $24,658  
   
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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$66,035 - $263,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$156,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 26%