Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $18.20 per hour. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. The majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,161 - $53,638
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,972
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$13.59 - $22.88
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,161 - $53,638  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$28,412 - $48,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $22.88  
   
Overtime
$22.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$28,412 - $48,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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.


Certified Orthodontic Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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