Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,410 8.6 % $106.44 $221,390 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $42.23 $65.94 (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $87,830 $137,150 (5) (5) (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 5,000 0.56 $108.21 $225,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 0.00 $50.80 $105,660
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $100.65 $209,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 5,000 0.56 $108.21 $225,080
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $100.65 $209,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 0.00 $50.80 $105,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 5,000 0.56 $108.21 $225,080
Outpatient Care Centers (8) (8) $101.97 $212,100
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $100.65 $209,350
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $85.56 $177,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 90 (7) $50.80 $105,660


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 710 0.05 1.17 $93.39 $194,250
Florida 360 0.05 1.15 $111.94 $232,830
Massachusetts 350 0.10 2.62 $108.47 $225,620
Ohio 270 0.05 1.33 $106.72 $221,970
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.77 $112.11 $233,180




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 350 0.10 2.62 $108.47 $225,620
Maryland 240 0.09 2.35 $90.21 $187,650
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.77 $112.11 $233,180
Kentucky 130 0.07 1.79 $80.74 $167,940
Alabama 120 0.06 1.64 $89.28 $185,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 70 0.02 0.61 (5) (5)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $135.32 $281,470
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $131.09 $272,660
Mississippi 50 0.04 1.10 $130.77 $272,010





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 1.89 $78.08 $162,410
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 180 0.10 2.55 $119.30 $248,150
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.58 $111.89 $232,730
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 5.24 $84.69 $176,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 70 0.04 1.00 (8) (8)
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.19 4.74 $54.05 $112,420




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 5.24 $84.69 $176,160
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.19 4.74 $54.05 $112,420
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 180 0.10 2.55 $119.30 $248,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 1.89 $78.08 $162,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 70 0.04 1.00 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.58 $111.89 $232,730




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $123.90 $257,710
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 180 0.10 2.55 $119.30 $248,150
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $119.30 $248,140
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $117.40 $244,200
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.58 $111.89 $232,730
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $111.55 $232,010
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $109.45 $227,660
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (8) (8) (8) $103.21 $214,670
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $98.66 $205,220


About May 2015 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,200 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016