What is the Average Orthodontist Salary?

What is the Average Orthodontist Salary?
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for orthodontists is $267,280.
  • Hawaii is the highest paid state in the U.S. for orthodontists with a mean annual salary of $348,674, according to ZipRecruiter.

Dentists, like many other healthcare professionals, have diverse salaries that depend on a multitude of factors such as their area of specialization, geographical location, experience, and work setting.

Having a comprehensive understanding of the typical salary range for orthodontists can be immensely valuable when negotiating job offers or planning for one’s financial future.

What is the average orthodontist salary? 

According to the BLS, the mean annual wage for orthodontists is $267,280. 

How much do orthodontists make per hour?

The mean annual wage for orthodontists as reported by the BLS equates to an hourly wage of $128.50.

Orthodontist salary by state: What do orthodontists make in each state?

Orthodontists’ salaries can vary greatly by state and territory, ranging from $215,304 in Louisiana to $348,674 in Hawaii. According to ZipRecruiter, these are the annual mean salaries for orthodontists by state:

  • Alabama – $238,347
  • Alaska – $326,780
  • Arizona – $273,627
  • Arkansas – $277,377
  • California – $285,728
  • Colorado – $291,955
  • Connecticut – $275,673
  • Delaware – $287,678
  • Florida – $224,504
  • Georgia – $219,282
  • Hawaii – $348,674
  • Idaho – $290,858
  • Illinois – $273,511
  • Indiana – $264,201
  • Iowa – $251,048
  • Kansas – $241,874
  • Kentucky – $293,064
  • Louisiana – $215,304
  • Maine – $270,928
  • Maryland – $304,923
  • Massachusetts – $339,162
  • Michigan – $272,022
  • Minnesota – $268,918
  • Mississippi – $237,243
  • Missouri – $268,103
  • Montana – $261,313
  • Nebraska – $286,107
  • Nevada – $343,115
  • New Hampshire – $286,943
  • New Jersey – $272,763
  • New Mexico – $240,414
  • New York – $309,773
  • North Carolina – $238,550
  • North Dakota – $322,738
  • Ohio – $253,354
  • Oklahoma – $273,386
  • Oregon – $331,342
  • Pennsylvania – $254,898
  • Rhode Island – $331,887
  • South Carolina – $284,689
  • South Dakota – $309,493
  • Tennessee – $279,755
  • Texas – $258,283
  • Utah – $249,488
  • Vermont – $281,853
  • Virginia – $296,380
  • Washington – $316,822
  • West Virginia – $261,106
  • Wisconsin – $253,900
  • Wyoming – $271,520

Highest paying states for orthodontists

According to ZipRecruiter, these are the highest paying states for orthodontists:

  • Hawaii – $348,674
  • Nevada – $343,115
  • Massachusetts – $339,162
  • Rhode Island – $331,887
  • Oregon – $331,342

Dentist salary by specialty: How do orthodontists’ salaries compare to other specialties?

According to BLS, orthodontists make an average of $267,280 per year. The average salaries for other dental specialties are as follows:

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons – $311,460
  • Dentists, all other specialists – $179,400
  • Dentists, general  – $160,370
  • Prosthodontists – $143,730

Before you go…

The salaries of dental professionals, including orthodontists, can vary greatly depending on the region, experience and more. 

The sudden rise in salary that occurs when transitioning from training to practice can be difficult to adjust to. Our Build Your Team program connects you to experts in financial planning, budgeting, taxes, and more for free, so that you can feel confident in negotiating and navigating your new salary.

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