Orthodontist Salary

Orthodontists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $154K annually. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Orthodontists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little less than one-half have dental, too. The majority of Orthodontists (64 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,168 - $257,132
(Median)
$79K
$150K
$260K
MEDIAN: $153,740
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$8.36 - $152.89
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$79,168 - $257,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,148  
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$50,684 - $279,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $152.89  
   
Overtime
$200.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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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$50,684 - $279,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $152K on average. Orthodontists see a median salary of $191K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $147K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$159,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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