How Much Do Orthodontists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Orthodontists examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$237990 per year
Hourly wage
$114 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$74,020 to $150,250 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$36 to $72 per hour

Entry-level Orthodontists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $74,020 to $150,250 per year or $36 to $72 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Orthodontists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $100+ $208,000+
Middle (Mid 50%) $100+ $208,000+
Junior (Bottom 25%) $72 $150,250
No experience (Bottom 10%) $36 $74,020

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AR Over $140 Over $290,000
MA Over $140 Over $290,000
NE Over $140 Over $290,000
OR Over $140 Over $290,000
OK $138 $286,050
VA $134 $279,710
WA $133 $277,050
NC $130 $271,270
MN $129 $268,480
SC $129 $267,550

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Orthodontist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AR doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AR might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Orthodontists are in the states of AR, MA, NE, OR and OK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Offices of Physicians $255550 $122.86
Offices of Dentists $240980 $115.86
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $152570 $73.35
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $85660 $41.19

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