Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $18.20 per hour. Approximately one-fourth enjoy medical while one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make a median salary of $40K. As Certified Orthodontic Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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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