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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1023 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.


National estimates for Orthodontists
Industry profile for Orthodontists
Geographic profile for Orthodontists

National estimates for Orthodontists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Orthodontists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,140 11.4 % $ 128.50 $ 267,280 6.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Orthodontists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 46.13 $ 72.45 (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 95,940 $ 150,690 (5) (5) (5)


Industry profile for Orthodontists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Orthodontists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Orthodontists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Orthodontists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 4,610 0.48 $ 133.46 $ 277,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 0.00 $ 54.34 $ 113,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Orthodontists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 4,610 0.48 $ 133.46 $ 277,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 0.00 $ 54.34 $ 113,020

Top paying industries for Orthodontists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 4,610 0.48 $ 133.46 $ 277,590
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $ 108.96 $ 226,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 (7) $ 54.34 $ 113,020


Geographic profile for Orthodontists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Orthodontists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Orthodontists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of orthodontists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Orthodontists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 540 0.21 5.86 $ 161.88 $ 336,720
Ohio 470 0.09 2.49 $ 110.11 $ 229,040
California 250 0.02 0.41 $ 118.15 $ 245,750
Virginia 210 0.05 1.50 $ 156.09 $ 324,660
Texas 180 0.01 0.40 $ 119.75 $ 249,080


Map of location quotient of orthodontists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Orthodontists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 540 0.21 5.86 $ 161.88 $ 336,720
Nebraska 130 0.14 3.79 (8) (8)
Maine 50 0.09 2.50 $ 146.42 $ 304,560
Ohio 470 0.09 2.49 $ 110.11 $ 229,040
Utah 140 0.09 2.47 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of orthodontists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Orthodontists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Iowa 90 0.06 1.74 (5) (5)
New Hampshire 40 0.07 1.86 (5) (5)
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Washington 60 0.02 0.49 (5) (5)



Map of employment of orthodontists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Orthodontists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.94 $ 167.72 $ 348,850
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 290 0.30 8.14 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 250 0.20 5.54 $ 158.89 $ 330,490
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 140 0.33 9.08 (5) (5)
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.15 4.02 (8) (8)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 100 0.22 6.02 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of orthodontists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Orthodontists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 140 0.33 9.08 (5) (5)
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 290 0.30 8.14 (8) (8)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 100 0.22 6.02 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 250 0.20 5.54 $ 158.89 $ 330,490
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.15 4.02 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.94 $ 167.72 $ 348,850


Map of annual mean wages of orthodontists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Orthodontists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 140 0.33 9.08 (5) (5)
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 2.94 $ 167.72 $ 348,850
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 250 0.20 5.54 $ 158.89 $ 330,490
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 138.77 $ 288,640
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA (8) (8) (8) $ 119.90 $ 249,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 117.56 $ 244,520


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(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 a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022