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.

$78,462 - $268,637
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MEDIAN: $161,266
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$10.00 - $137.50
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$78,462 - $268,637  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $25,342  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$45,913 - $278,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $137.50  
   
Overtime
$145.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$197.27 - $25,342  
   
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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$45,913 - $278,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


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.

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Experience Affects Orthodontist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$160,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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