Orthodontist Salary


As a specialist in the dental field and having paid lots of money for education, orthodontists do make up for the time invested as the average annual salary of an orthodontist according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May 2009 was $206,190. The salary range for orthodontist of course depends on many factors including location, number of clients, hours worked, and many others. Orthodontists work flexible hours and set their own prices for many services and in some areas these fees may be much higher for a service like Invisalign braces due to the cost of living. This means that the more they work and the quality of the prices are major keys to an orthodontist’s salary. These factors and others all attribute to how much income an orthodontist brings in.

Orthodontists may start working for another dentist, physician, or health facility but the majority has their own private practice where they can perform both general dentistry and orthodontics. The orthodontist annual mean salary by state shows that Georgia and Tennessee had two of the highest at $227,490 and $226,590 while Colorado and Washington had the lowest at $139,100 and $169,650. About two fifths of the states on the report had an annual mean wage greater than $200,000 and almost three fifths had one over $190,000.

Orthodontist Salary Range by State

Occupation: Orthodontists (SOC code 291023)
Period: May 2009

State Employment(1) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Alabama

110 $107.73 $224,070

Arizona

(8)- $107.14 $222,850

California

650 $88.73 $184,570

Colorado

170 $66.88 $139,100

Connecticut

80 (8)- (8)-

Florida

160 $106.89 $222,320

Georgia

230 $109.37 $227,490

Illinois

310 $93.31 $194,070

Indiana

110 (5)- (5)-

Kansas

60 $100.28 $208,570

Kentucky

80 $91.68 $190,690

Maryland

120 $96.68 $201,100

Massachusetts

150 $101.01 $210,110

Michigan

120 (5)- (5)-

Minnesota

(8)- (5)- (5)-

Mississippi

70 $89.87 $186,920

Nebraska

(8)- (5)- (5)-

Nevada

(8)- (5)- (5)-

New Jersey

200 $99.75 $207,480

New York

260 $107.89 $224,400

North Carolina

120 $100.07 $208,150

Ohio

200 $105.27 $218,970

Oklahoma

110 $96.03 $199,740

Oregon

140 $98.61 $205,100

Pennsylvania

100 $89.87 $186,920

South Carolina

50 (5)- (5)-

Tennessee

(8)- $108.94 $226,590

Texas

400 $87.36 $181,710

Virginia

170 (5)- (5)-

Washington

130 $81.56 $169,650

West Virginia

30 $95.74 $199,150

Wisconsin

70 $97.85 $203,520


Footnotes:
(1) Estimates for detailed
occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include
occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include
self-employed workers.
(2) Annual wages have been
calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2,080 hours; where an
hourly mean wage is not published, the annual wage has been directly
calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.
(8) Estimate not released.