Orthodontist Salary

The average salary of orthodontist in US is $127,000.

The average annual salary of orthodontists in the United States is around $127,000 according to the data provided by salary.com. The per hour average salary of these professionals are $61. If we talk in terms of percentage, then the lowest 10 percent of these professionals get the salary of around $105,000 or less than these numbers annually. This makes about $40 per hour. The highest 10 percent makes $180,000 or more annually which is about $86 per hour. The middle 50% professionals have the salary of around $104,000 and $154,000 annually which is around $50 and $74 on hourly basis.

Factors Affecting the Orthodontist Salary

Like any other profession, there is also a great variation in the salaries of these professionals and there are many factors that influence this change. Factors that have direct impact on are:

  • Years of experience in the field
  • Employment setting
  • Establishment type that include hospital, private practice, government, physician’s office etc.
  • Establishment size
  • Training and Education

There are also several benefits that an orthodontist may enjoy other than the salary. These benefits could be:

  • Healthcare
  • Bonuses
  • 401K/403B
  • Social security contributions
  • Paid time off and
  • Pension

All these benefits made an increase of around $177,000 on average on the salary of orthodontist.

Duties of Orthodontist

What are the duties of orthodontist? Well, everyone knows about braces and they are the one who are famous for treating crooked teeth. But their duties are so much more. They straighten people’s teeth, and also jaws by using spacers and retainers. They also help to treat chewing issues, facial asymmetry, protruding teeth and many others.

The methods used by orthodontist to diagnose oral problems are with the help of plaster molds (of teeth or mouth) and by x-rays.

These professionals also work with dental specialists in consultation that help patients to get cured with the help of alternative treatments. The tools that are the power of orthodontists are:

  • Braces
  • X-rays
  • Drills
  • Forceps
  • Scalpels
  • Mouth mirrors
  • Probes

To protect themselves from getting infected, they usually wear masks and gloves with special protective clothes.

These professionals, when have their own place, also have to see the administrative tasks, bookkeeping and supplies management work.

How to Become an Orthodontist

The first place to get orthodontist education like any other dentist is from dental school. If any high school student wants to be an orthodontist, he must opt for courses like anatomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. It is not necessary but these subjects increase the chance of getting admission in the college as most of the dental colleges made chemistry and biology obligatory for getting the admission.

In the college’s junior year, taking Dental Acceptance Test (DAT) is necessary. The competition of getting admitted in dental college is same as in medical colleges. Things that increase the chance of getting accepted at the dental college are:

  • Good scores in Dental Acceptance Test (DAT)
  • Good GPA
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Best interview

After the completion of dental school, the 2-year residency program will be the next thing in the list. It is the training period in which clinical practicing and other things will lead you to become orthodontist.

After the completion of the studies, the next turn is of getting licensed. In every state, for practicing this profession, having license is must. To get your license, you must have a dental degree that is earned from an accredited dental institute, and passing score in practical and written exam. In many states, getting the license for practicing specialty in dentistry is also necessary so you need to pass the orthodontist special exam. Pediatric orthodontist and angle orthodontist are two sub-specialties in this profession.

Orthodontist Salary in Australia, Canada and UK

UK: The average salary of orthodontist here can be between £64,000 and £91,000. The starting salary for these professionals is £31,000 and as the experience increases, the salary may get the boost up to £100,000 or more. Orthodontists having their own place can earn up to £200,000 annually.

Canada: In this country, the annual average salary of these professional is CA$140,000.

Australia: Orthodontist can earn up to AU$130,000 on average per year. The highest income here can be AU$251,000 and the lowest can be AU$75,000.


Final Verdict

An orthodontist earns good salary. It is not as much as other highly earning health care professionals, but it is better than many.

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