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 $17.76 per hour. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while roughly a tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. Job satisfaction for Certified Orthodontic Assistants is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,161 - $53,638
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,972
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$13.08 - $22.51
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,161 - $53,638  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Total Pay (?
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$27,217 - $47,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $22.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
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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$27,217 - $47,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $39K 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 16%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 70%
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