Oral Surgeon Salary

The average Oral Surgeon Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. A typical Oral Surgeon salary depends on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Oral Surgeons reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons are a very specialized type of dentist. As a specialist their salary is much higher than that of the typical dentist.

Median Hourly & Annual Data


An Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's median salary is $105.76 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $41.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $150 per hour.

Salary Data for this occupation varies widely between government and public salary data sites.  This is most likely due to the difference in reporting methods used.


On an annual basis the median Oral Surgeon's salary is over  $220,000. The lowest 10% earn less than $100,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $300,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Oral Surgeon Salary

The lowest paid Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's earn less than $100,000 annually while the highest paid Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's earn over $400,000 per year. 

Top 5 States
The top paying states to earn a Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's salary are Washington, South Dakota, Maine, Kentuckey, Kansas.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best Cities or Metropolitan areas to earn an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon salary are Providence-Warwick RI-MA, Houston TX, New York-White Plains NY, Nassau NY, and Kansas City MO-KS.

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Other Industries that Employ Oral Surgeons

The majority of Oral Surgeons are employed in dentist offices or clinics, A small number of oral surgeons work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 5800 Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's who earn a salary through being employed.  The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons represents over 9,000 members.  Presumably some are retired and some are reported as business owners vs. employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's employed in the United States over 5,000 of them work in the offices of dentists, doctors and hospitals. This is also where the best dental salaries can be found. The annual mean salary is $226,710 for Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon's who work for dentists and just over $215,500 for those who worked in the offices of physicians.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Virtually all physicians are private practice or self-employed. Oral Surgeons are usually self-employed. The same skills required to run a small business are required to run a medical practice.  Medical professionals often hire an office manager to run the business while they practice, treat, and see patients.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.