Orthodontist Salary

Average pay for Orthodontists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($151K). Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up a slight majority of Orthodontists (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. Most Orthodontists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$79,075 - $254,826
(Median)
$79K
$150K
$250K
MEDIAN: $151,264
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$12.77 - $154.18
(Median)
$13
$97
$150
MEDIAN: $96.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$79,075 - $254,826  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,315  
Total Pay (?
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$68,784 - $276,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $154.18  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,315  
   
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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$68,784 - $276,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $153K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Orthodontists make a median salary of $183K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $148K.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$163,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 67% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 27%
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