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Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.88 per hour on average. Close to a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. For the most part, Certified Orthodontic Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$12.08 - $22.49
(Median)
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,112 - $47,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

  • Inform patients regarding pre-op and post-op instructions.
  • Prepare for procedures by organizing instruments and equipment.
  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Assist dentist during orthodontic examinations and procedures.
  • Sterilize and disinfect orthodontic instruments and equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Orthodontic Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 69%