Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $18.38 per hour for pay. For the most part, Certified Orthodontic Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-fourth enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten.

$30,968 - $52,436
$39K
MEDIAN: $38,824
50%

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$14.77 - $23.51
$15
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$38,824  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
Total Pay (?
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$30,670 - $49,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $23.51  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$99.33 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$30,670 - $49,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. On average, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make $42K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Key Stats for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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