Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists who specialise in surgically correcting problems with the teeth, mouth, gums, neck and head. They fill the second-largest subspecialty of all dentists, holding 6,700 jobs according to 2008 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary for oral and maxillofacial surgeons makes the field extremely attractive.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for oral and maxillofacial surgeons was £136,961 based on 2009 data. This translates to £65.80 per hour.
PayScale.com indicates that oral and maxillofacial surgeons have a pay range of £93,515 to £163,891. This range doesn't include money added to the salary through bonuses or profit sharing. It is consistent with the average provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can expect higher salaries the longer they are in the field. According to PayScale.com, oral and maxillofacial surgeons with under a year of experience can earn between £32,773 to £132,257. At 10 years, salaries reach £124,927 to £194,349. Those with 20 or more years of experience earn the most, with salaries between £59,515 and £255,485. Only about 10 per cent of all oral and maxillofacial surgeons have been in the field this long.
Salaries vary for oral and maxillofacial surgeons depending on where they are employed. Those who work in hospitals make the least, earning between £51,580 to £126,373. The highest earnings go to those who are self-employed. These workers take home between £96,955 and £217,935, according to Payscale. However, as pointed out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, self-employed surgeons have to fund their own insurance, retirement plans and other benefits.
There is a significant difference in the amount of bonuses paid to oral and maxillofacial surgeons according to experience. Those with less than a year of experience get bonuses of around £3,250. By the 10-year mark, the bonuses average about £31,590. With 20 or more years of experience, an oral or maxillofacial surgeon may take home a bonus that reaches over £63,700.