Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $18.63 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Two in five enjoy medical while nearly one-tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent.

$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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Certified Orthodontic Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $42K.

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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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