Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.59 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly two in five, and about a seventh earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Orthodontic Assistants. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,490 - $49,377
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,463
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$12.85 - $22.90
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,490 - $49,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$26,651 - $48,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $22.90  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$26,651 - $48,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

  • 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 (COA)

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make a median salary of $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 56%
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