Oral Surgeon Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Oral surgeons earn a mean pay of $232,870 in the United States and C$252,565 ($197,875 USD) in Canada. The mean oral surgeon salary stands at 80,000 ($105,704 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$348,718 ($248,718 USD) for those in Australia, and NZD$292,888 ($199,630 USD) for oral surgeons in New Zealand.

For oral surgeons in India, the mean salary registers at INR15,33,020 (INR1,533,020 in western form) ($23,579 USD) India. In South Africa, the mean for oral surgeons stands at R1,528,634 ($109,430 USD).

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How Much Does an Oral Surgeon Make per Year by State?

Oral Surgeon Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $111.96 C$121.00 £38.46 AU$168 NZD$141 INR737.03 R734.92
Annual Pay $232,870 C$252,565 £80,000 AU$348,718 NZD$292,888 INR15,33,020 R1,528,634

Oral Surgeon Salary Influencing Factors

Overall, the pay earned by oral surgeons turns on considerations such as whether the oral surgeon is in private practice, the type of employer, experience, and location. Due to their status as specialists, oral surgeons on the whole are paid on the higher end among dental practitioners.

In general, private practitioners receive more in pay than those in the public sector.

1. Location

Where an oral surgeon practices factors significantly in the pay. Normally, salaries are higher in larger population areas. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that mean salaries in the “Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York Metropolitan Area” amount to $273,300. Oral surgeons in Columbus, Ohio earn $271,040 on a mean basis, while those in Oklahoma City make $229,960 on a mean basis.

According to SalaryExpert, for oral surgeons in New Zealand, the mean is NZD$293,035 in Auckland and NZD$289,443 in Christchurch. In Johannesburg, South Africa, oral surgeons average R2,037,933, while pay runs on average R1,236,832 in Whitburg, South Africa.
Oral surgeons in Toronto make C$272,532 and those in Hamilton, Ontario earn C$257,000. In New Dehli, India, the mean for oral surgeons stands at INR15,94,646 and INR14,10,649 in Kochi, India.

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in the US?

Oral Surgeon Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $ 89,590 $12.50
Maximum $208,000 $93.69
Bonus $2,027 – $151,521 $0.97 to $72.85
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay $89,850 to over $208,000

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in Canada?

Oral Surgeon Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$169,066 C$81.28
Maximum C$319,359 C$159.23
Bonus C$13,891 C$6.68
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$333,244

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in the UK?

Oral Surgeon Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £36,000 £17.31
Maximum £110,000 £52.88
Bonus £7,352 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £36,000 to £110,000

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in Australia?

Oral Surgeon Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$233,795 AU$112.40
Maximum AU$457,996 AU$220.19
Bonus AU$19,178 AU$9.22
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$233,795 to AU$477,174

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in New Zealand?

Oral Surgeon Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$196,210 NZD$94.33
Maximum NZD$384,369 NZD$184.79
Bonus NZD$16,108 NZD$7.74
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZD$196,210 to NZD$400,477

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in India?

Oral Surgeon Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR10,42,031 INR500.98
Maximum INR20,41,303 INR981.40
Bonus INR84,316 INR40.54
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay INR10,42,031 to INR21,25,619

How Much Does a Oral Surgeon Make in South Africa?

Oral Surgeon Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R1,032,070 R496.19
Maximum R2,021,792 R972.02
Bonus R84,075 R40.42
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R1,032,070 to R2,105,867

2. Experience

PayScale reports a median salary of $208,000 for entry-level oral surgeons in the United States. The number peaks at $221,000 after ten years of experience.
According to SalaryExpert, entry-level oral and maxillofacial surgeons earn C$169,066 in Canada. At the eight-year experience stage, the salary level reaches C$319,359.

In the United Kingdom, dentists (including oral surgeons) who work in the National Health Service earn from 36,000 to 45,750 as “NHS Dental Trainees.” At the “Experienced” stage, salaries range from 38,500 to 82,500. Experienced oral surgeons in the NHS make up to 102,000 as consultants.

According to SalaryExpert, the entry-level salary for Australian oral surgeons amounts to AU$233,795. Oral surgeons who achieve eight years or more of experience make AU$457,996 per year. In New Zealand, mean salaries range from NZD$196,210 for entry-level oral surgeons to NZD$384,369 for those with eight or more years in the field.

For oral surgeons in India, pay runs from INR10,42,031 at entry-level to INR20,41,303 after eight years. Oral surgeons in South Africa with one to three years of experience earn R1,032,070. Mean pay climbs to R2,021,792 for oral surgeons who work eight or more years.

3. Industry

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work in a variety of settings, including private practice, public or governmental agencies, universities and military settings.

Dentists rank among the highest-paid medical professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, oral surgeons rank among the top four earners in occupations in the United States, on a median basis. That median stands above $208,000. The site Dentagama states that, at a mean level of AU$73,000, dentists are near the top for all medical professionals in Australia.  As specialists, oral surgeons likely make north of that average.

Private practitioners garner higher levels of compensation than those who work under a government umbrella. In the United Kingdom, private oral surgeons can fetch slightly higher pay than their counterparts in the National Health Service. For those self-employed, pay runs from 50,000 to 110,000.

Dental officers in the Canadian Armed Forces Dental Services earn C$62,000 as trainees and C$139,000 upon completion of training and licensure as a dentist.

Schedule & Working Hours

Oral surgeons work full-time as a general rule. In private practice, oral surgeons keep weekday and daytime office hours. Some practices may operate on evenings or weekends, especially for emergency oral surgeries.

According to Job Outlook Australia, the average work week for dental practitioners lasts 38.1 hours. In the United Kingdom, the typical work week is 37 hours.

Bonuses & Benefits

With many oral surgeons in private practice, the percentages of those with medical, dental and vision benefits may lag behind other sectors of employment. As reported by PayScale, only one in two oral surgeons have dental coverage and 37 percent enjoy vision. Approximately 27 percent of U.S. oral surgeons do not have any health benefits.

According to PayScale, medical and dental benefits are afforded to roughly two-thirds of oral surgeons in Canada. One in three reported having no health coverage through their work. In the United Kingdom, the dental coverage rate is 75 percent. One quarter of oral surgeons in the United Kingdom are provided vision coverage, while medical coverage goes to one in two oral surgeons.

Oral surgeons serving in the armed services can expect retirement and health benefits such as mental and dental.

Career Outlook

The increasing age of populations overall will fuel the need for oral surgeons. With older populations come more incidents of tooth decay or other conditions requiring oral surgery.

Demand for oral surgeons will also prove strong in areas with significant oral diseases and lack of access to oral surgeons. In India, nine in ten adults suffered from some form of periodontal disease, while roughly half of the school-aged children have dental caries. The prevalence of smoking among Indian residents could spell higher incidents of oral cancer.

The aging of oral surgeons will also mean a need for replacements in the next decade or so. A workforce study by the Australian government states that, in 2012, the average age of an oral surgeon was 58.8 years old. Nearly three out of four oral surgeons in Australia were at least age 55 years old.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 17 percent, or 1,200 jobs, in the oral and maxillofacial surgeons field by 2026. The United States had an estimated 6,800 oral surgeons in 2016.


Oral surgeons rank as a whole among the highest compensated medical professionals due to their specialty. Pay increases with experience and population of the area of practice. Opportunities to find employment or practice should abound given the demand spurred by the age of the population overall and the age of oral surgeons.

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