Prosthodontist Salary

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

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Hourly Wage

$25.86

$38.16

$43.87

$86.53

$90.00

Annual Wage

$53,800

$79,360

$91,260

$179,980

$200,000

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Hourly

A Prosthodontist's average salary is greater than $66.00 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $25.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $90 per hour.

Annually

On an annual basis the average salary is greater than $91,260. The lowest 10% earn less than $53,800 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $200,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest

The lowest paid Prosthodontists earn less with mean or average wages below $25.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $110.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top States

The top paying states to earn a Prosthodontists salary are Oregon, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Georgia, and California.

Top Metropolitan Areas

The best Cities or a Metropolitan area to earn a salary are Sacramento CA, Richmond, VA, Bend, OR, Atlanta GA, and Portland-Vancouver OR-WA. All of these areas reported salaries in excess of $166,000.

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Other Industries that Employ Prosthodontists

The majority are self-employed in clinics, A small number of Prosthodontists work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are about 600 Prosthodontists who earn a salary through being employed. I cannot find a source that catalogs the total number in the US but it is safe to assume that only about 1 in 4 is employed. It can be safely assumed that the rest are in private practice or self employed and that there are approximately 2500 credentialed Prosthodontists in the US. It can be confusing because they also can go by the title of Doctor of Dental Surgery or DDS

Where They Work

Of all the Prosthodontists employed in the United States 420 of them work in the offices of dentists. This is also where the best Prosthodontist salaries can be found. The annual mean salary is $138,640.

Private Practice vs. Employment

The higher Prosthodontists Salaries are in private practice. A significant difference is listed between employed Prosthodontists vs private practice. The BLS lists the highest salary as $187,000 per year while a source online says a private practice Prosthodontist salary is over $220,000 per year.

Benefits

Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best Cities or Metropolitan areas are Phoenix AZ, New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Atlanta GA, and Newark NJ. The highest reported salary is in Phoenix and is over $240,000 per year. Newark NJ is the lowest at approximately $220,000 per year.

Other Industries that Employ Orthodontists

Universities, county, state and federal agencies employ orthodontists. A small number serve in the U.S. military.

 

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 5500 practicing in the U.S. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has over 17,000 members practicing in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. It may be assumed that some members of the AAO are retired or not practicing but remain active members in their profession.

Where They Work

Of all the Orthodontists employed in the United States 5300 of the them work in a dental clinic or office. A very small number work in hospitals and other physicians offices.

Private Practice vs. Employment

The higher Orthodontist salaries are in private practice. A significant difference is listed between employed surgeons vs. private practice. The BLS lists the highest salary as $240,000 per year while other salary sites online say the highest earnings are over $300,000 per year.

Benefits

Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical physicians or dental practice will employ from 1 to 50 employees depending on the size of the group. In general larger companies may offer better benefits. A typical benefits package is worth approximately $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)

In the United Kingdom specialists are called consultants.  Prosthodontists are considered to be consultants or specialists.  According the NHS dental consultants can earn between £75,259 to £101,451 GBP. Special incentive pay called Clinical Excellence Awards may be available.   

Canada

In Canada all dentists earn between $50,000 and $233,000 CAD.   Prosthodontists are included in this average.  Presumably they are earning the median wage of $100,000 CAD or higher annually.

Australia

Depending on the location and the number of years the practice has been open a prosthodontist in Australia can expect to earn an average of $150,000 AUD per year.