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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 $17.53 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in seven collect dental insurance.

$23,394 - $49,176
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $32,555
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$12.84 - $22.52
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,394 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
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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$26,330 - $47,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $22.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
   
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).
)
$26,330 - $47,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $44K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 59%