Salaries for Orthodontists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($161K) per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Men working as Orthodontists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Orthodontists must have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills in order to properly diagnose and treat dental ailments. As most orthodontists elect to open their own practices, they may specialize in particular types of treatments and work primarily with specific demographics of patients. They may occasionally be required to work long hours or between several offices, so the abilities to adapt to flexible working hours and travel when necessary are very important. It is also essential that they stay up-to-date on all new developments within their fields.
The position of an orthodontist requires a great deal of education and expertise. Aspiring orthodontists should earn a degree in dentistry, often by completing an undergraduate program followed by three additional years of education in dentistry and a satisfactory score on the Dental Admission Test. Candidates should also pass a state exam in the state in which which they elect to work.
- 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.
Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $152K per year. For Orthodontists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $193K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $163K.