Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Most Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.36 per hour. Total cash earnings of Orthodontic Assistants range from $24K on the low end to $46K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $4K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a tenth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$20,236 - $45,451
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$45K
MEDIAN: $31,725
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$11.79 - $22.05
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,236 - $45,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,943  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $3,524  
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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$24,360 - $46,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $22.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,943  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $3,524  
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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$24,360 - $46,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,194
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Dental Hygienist. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually. The most common next step for an Orthodontic Assistant is to become a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Job skills reported by Orthodontic Assistants are limited. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Training, Patient Education, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Orthodontics also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,122

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Orthodontic Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Orthodontic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+24 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Colorado Springs, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Cleveland and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

Orthodontic Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Orthodontic Assistant?

Orthodontic Assistant in Hickory:
"Stress level."
Pros: I like that there are two different partners in the firm and uses two totally different techniques. This allows the assistants to grow in knowledge.
Cons: There are too many specific ways in detail that the doctors prefer. If they can just choose one method for each procedure or stick with the procedure asked for the previous time, appointments won't run over. The assistants always get blame for running over time, no matter the circumstances. Also the doctors often give negative feedback to assistants in front of patients and sometimes patient parents which is really embarrassing.

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
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
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Radiology
0%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 349 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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