Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $18.63 per hour. Most Certified Orthodontic Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in ten collect dental insurance.

$26,356 - $49,585
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$50K
MEDIAN: $40,200
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$13.80 - $23.49
(Median)
$14
$19
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,356 - $49,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,788  
Total Pay (?
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$28,980 - $49,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $23.49  
   
Overtime
$25.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,788  
   
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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$28,980 - $49,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 Certified Orthodontic Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make a median salary of $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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