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Orthodontist Salary

Orthodontists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($153K) annually in the United States. Men working as Orthodontists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$81,460 - $257,589
(Median)
$81K
$150K
$260K
MEDIAN: $153,293
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$12.72 - $153.19
(Median)
$13
$94
$150
MEDIAN: $93.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$81,460 - $257,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,685  
Total Pay (?
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$74,866 - $279,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $153.19  
   
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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$74,866 - $279,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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.


Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $156K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $186K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $170K.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$166,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

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
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 27%