Is being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon really worth it? What even is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? How much is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary? What do they do? For those who do not know, first of all, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist that specifically work on the face, mouth, and jaw.
Being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is not easy at all. You need to have a lot of patience, and a lot of intelligence as well. In order to be that specific type of surgeon, you need to attend four years of dental school. Hard, but not too hard right? Well not only do you need four years of dental school, but you also need to attend four years of a hospital program to be trained in surgery.
So with the long learning process, you have to go through to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, do you make a lot of money being one? The answer to that question is, yes you do one hundred percent. According to ziprecruiter.com, as of September 20, 2019, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can make anywhere between $242,500 and $385,000. Also according to ziprecruiter.com, the average salary of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is $296,583.
Compared to the average income of a US citizen, that is a great amount of money to have. The average salary of an American citizen is a little lower than $47,000. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary is around $250,000 more than average. That is a ridiculous amount of money.
Although $296,583 is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary on average, some states pay a lot more than others. Depending on where in the United States you work, you can get a salary in the mid 200,000’s or in the high 300,000’s. According to ZipRecruiter, the top three states that pay the most to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon are New York at number one, Massachusetts at number two, and New Hampshire at number three.
One thing that is very eye-catching about this list, if you have not noticed already, all three of those states mentioned are all located in the Northeast part of the country. So for anyone that wants to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, in general, the Northeast side of the country pays the best amount through the whole nation.
Also according to ZipRecruiter, the three states with the worst paying oral and maxillofacial surgeons are: Mississippi, Florida, and North Carolina being the worst. What’s noteworthy about these three states are they are all in the Southeast part of the country.
At the end of the day, you are making a boatload of money being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, so is it worth it? For sure, but it is not for everybody.