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Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary (United States)

Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.34 per hour. Over a third enjoy medical while close to one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary (?
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$23,786 - $48,380
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MEDIAN: $32,555
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Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary (?
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$12.50 - $22.08
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,786 - $48,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
Profit Sharing
$707 - $2,479  
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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$26,063 - $46,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$707 - $2,479  
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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$26,063 - $46,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.
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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
100%
female alumni
 
Male
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 59%