Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $18.59 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Certified Orthodontic Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$14.76 - $23.36
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MEDIAN: $18.59
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $23.36  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,780 - $49,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Certified orthodontic assistants are responsible for assisting in routine and specialty orthodontic procedures within a dental office, as tasks include preparing examination rooms, sterilizing instruments, and answering patients' questions. An X-ray certification is typically required for this position, and these assistants are also tasked with taking and pouring impressions and bite registrations as well as making vacuum-formed retainers. Aspiring orthodontic assistants should be well-versed in providing basic orthodontic care to patients while following all guidelines and standards set in the Dental Care Act, and they are also responsible for maintaining current CPR certification at all times.

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Certified Orthodontic Assistant Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Certified Orthodontic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Orthodontic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Orthodontic Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Certified Orthodontic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. A Certified Orthodontic Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 20 salaries.

Key Stats for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 68%
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