Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.52 per hour. Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to around two in five, and approximately one-seventh earn dental coverage.

$23,490 - $49,377
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,463
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90%

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$12.85 - $22.90
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,490 - $49,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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: 2 Jul 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 - $2,017  
   
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: 2 Jul 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 56%
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