Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $18.47 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fourth, and nearly one in five earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Certified Orthodontic Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14.73 - $23.71
MEDIAN: $18.00

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$30,572 - $50,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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.


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.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Certified Orthodontic Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $45K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


96 %
4 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 66%