by Jim Du Molin
Forbes Says You’re Rich… Are You?
Forbes magazine recently published their annual list of the 25 top-paying jobs in the US – and apparently, it’s good to be a doctor! Only two non-medical professions (CEOs and airline pilots) made it into the top 15.
Orthodontists made more money, on average, than any other dental specialty. The average orthodontist pulled in $177K last year. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons were next on the list, with a typical oral surgeon netting $165K. Then we have the average prosthodontist, taking home $159K. General dentists might not make quite as much, but with an average income of $141K, they’re not doing so bad themselves.
You won’t be surprised to learn that where a dentist lives and works has a lot to do with how much money he or she takes home. Florida is a profitable place to work, as is the DC metro area; but at the same time, so are Wisconsin and Maine.
Other medical professionals are doing well, too. Anaethesiologists nabbed the #1 spot this year (but who really wants to deal with those insurance rates, anyway?) General and family practitioners beat out dentists slightly with an average salary of $150K.