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Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Most Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.01 per hour. In the world of Orthodontic Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $46K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in three, and approximately one-fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,451 - $44,312
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,891
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$11.67 - $21.96
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,451 - $44,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,631  
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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$24,147 - $46,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $21.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,631  
   
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).
)
$24,147 - $46,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,886
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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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Orthodontic Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Registered Dental Hygienists. That role pays $67K per year on average. Certified Orthodontic Assistants or Orthodontic Treatment Coordinators are common next-step roles for Orthodontic Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Orthodontic Assistants is $3K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Orthodontic Treatment Coordinators.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Orthodontic Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Patient Education, Orthodontics, and Radiology 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.


Orthodontic Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $39K 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 $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Orthodontic Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Orthodontic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+26 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), Omaha (+23 percent), and Portland (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Colorado Springs. Employers in Houston and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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


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 306 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
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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