Salaries for Orthodontists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($165K) per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Male Orthodontists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$79,369 - $293,201
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MEDIAN: $165,424
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$9.30 - $138.65
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MEDIAN: $72.69
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$79,369 - $293,201  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $37,000  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$47,010 - $293,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $138.65  
   
Overtime
$145.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$50.00 - $37,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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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$47,010 - $293,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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

  • Fit dental appliances in patients' mouths in order to alter the position and relationship of teeth and jaws, and to realign teeth.
  • Examine patients in order to assess abnormalities of jaw development, tooth position, and other dental-facial structures.
  • Diagnose teeth and jaw or other dental-facial abnormalities.

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $154K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $192K. Orthodontists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $188K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $208K on average.

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Key Stats for Orthodontist

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$165,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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