Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.77 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Orthodontic Assistants. Medical benefits are awarded to one in four, and about a tenth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,161 - $53,638
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,972
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$13.11 - $22.49
(Median)
$13
$18
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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 - $1,980  
Total Pay (?
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$27,282 - $47,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $22.49  
   
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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$27,282 - $47,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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.


For Certified Orthodontic Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $37K. For Certified Orthodontic Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Orthodontic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

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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