Alabama's orthodontists make a good salary, but it can cost a lot to earn it. At the University of Alabama-Birmingham, for example, four-year tuition at the school of dentistry can cost about $120,000, including books and fees. The figure is more like $260,000 for non-Alabama residents paying out-of-state tuition.
On the plus side, Alabama has the 10th-lowest cost of living in the country, with housing costs among the very lowest. Its overall cost of living index is at just 90.7 percent of the national average.
Take a Closer Look: The Cost of Living in Alabama