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2. Orthodontists and Dentists

Average annual salary: $161,750-$204,670
Current employment: 101,400

The service of dentists and orthodontists are practically an essential in this day in age. The high demand for the examination, diagnoses, and treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth and the gums makes this occupation among the most highly paid professions in the United States.

The top-paying states for dentiststhis year are New Hampshire with an annual average salary of $237,430 and Delaware where the average salary stands at $210,440.

Orthodontists—whose specialty is straightening teeth—have an average salary of $90,120 a year. That figure might seem low but it takes into account orthdontists that don't have a private practice and work instead in general medicine and surgical hosptials.

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