Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.61 per hour on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about two in five, and about a seventh earn dental coverage.

$23,490 - $49,377

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$12.92 - $23.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,490 - $49,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Total Pay (?
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$26,752 - $48,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $23.01  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$26,752 - $48,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $44K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 57%
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