Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $18.21 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Certified Orthodontic Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while close to one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a sixth.

$31,200 - $55,000
$42K
MEDIAN: $42,000
50%

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$14.29 - $23.35
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.21
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$42,000  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
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$29,056 - $50,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $23.35  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$103.04 - $5,817  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,056 - $50,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Certified orthodontic assistants (COA) are responsible for facilitating the orthodontic process and assisting a dentist in their duties. They should have strong interpersonal skills to explain processes and provide technical explanations in simple terms to patients and their families, and they must work well in teams with other assistants, but also on their own with minimal supervision.

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Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Tasks

  • 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make a median salary of $39K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Orthodontic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

Key Stats for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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