Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Most Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.09 per hour. In the world of Orthodontic Assistants, overall income ranges from $24K near the bottom to $46K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,216 - $44,681

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$11.70 - $21.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,216 - $44,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,769  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $3,530  
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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$24,165 - $46,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $21.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,769  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $3,530  
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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$24,165 - $46,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,957
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Job Description for Orthodontic Assistant

Orthodontic assistants work in dental offices and perform a variety of functions to assist the orthodontist and help the practice function efficiently. They prepare the patient for the orthodontist by taking x-rays and impressions, performing preliminary examinations and collecting diagnostic data. They may also have other duties in the practice related to record keeping, sterilization of equipment and lab work.

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Orthodontic Assistant Tasks

  • Assist dentist during orthodontic examinations and procedures.
  • Inform patients on pre-op and post-op instructions.
  • Prepare for procedures by organizing instruments and equipment.
  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Sterilize and disinfect orthodontic instruments and equipment.

Common Career Paths for Orthodontic Assistant


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Though some Orthodontic Assistants move into positions like Registered Dental Hygienist (where the average salary is $67K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for an Orthodontic Assistant involves becoming a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator, roles that pay $2K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Survey results suggest that Orthodontic Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Training, Order Inventory, Patient Education, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Orthodontics indicates knowledge of Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Orthodontic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


Orthodontic Assistants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+26 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and Omaha (+22 percent). Colorado Springs is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Tampa and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

Orthodontic Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Orthodontic Assistant?

Orthodontic Assistant in Port Orchard:
"Care."
Pros: What I love most about my job are my patients and coworkers. Theres nothing better than helping someone fix something that is or has been bothering them.
Cons: Lack of keeping things clean wether it be my patient or even an area at the office.

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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Training
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Patient Education
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 309 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 57%
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