Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.86 per hour for pay. Roughly a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in ten collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,161 - $53,638

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$13.37 - $22.52

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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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$27,865 - $47,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $22.52  
   
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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$27,865 - $47,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 many Certified Orthodontic Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make a median 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
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
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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