The larger portion of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $18.13 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and between a fifth and a fourth collect dental insurance.

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

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$14.17 - $23.21
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$42,000  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,872  
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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$28,973 - $50,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $23.21  
   
Overtime
$30.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,872  
   
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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$28,973 - $50,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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.


For Certified Orthodontic Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $37K. On average, Certified Orthodontic Assistants make $38K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Orthodontic Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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