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Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.50 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around a seventh collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$23,394 - $49,176
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $32,555
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90%

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$12.85 - $22.65
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,394 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
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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$26,360 - $48,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $22.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
   
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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$26,360 - $48,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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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.


For many Certified Orthodontic Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $36K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $44K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 58%
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