Orthodontic Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.89 per hour. Total cash earnings of Orthodontic Assistants range from $25K on the low end to $48K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $4K, respectively. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Orthodontic Assistants is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,149 - $45,091
$17K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,463
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50%
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$12.25 - $22.87
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,149 - $45,091  
   
Bonus
$243.81 - $2,588  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,649  
Commission
$350.00  
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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$25,200 - $47,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $22.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.98  
Overtime
$16.40 - $34.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$243.81 - $2,588  
   
Commission
$350.00  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,649  
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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$25,200 - $47,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,716
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Orthodontic Assistant


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Orthodontic Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Dental Hygienist. The average Registered Dental Hygienist brings home $67K per year. It is quite typical for Orthodontic Assistants to transition into roles as Certified Orthodontic Assistants or Orthodontic Treatment Coordinators, where reported median earnings are $1K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Orthodontic Assistant


Dominating the field, Child and Adult Orthodontics, American Orthodontics, Greenberg Dental, Dr. B, and Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Orthodontic Assistants. American Orthodontics offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $34K.

Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Scheduling, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing sterilization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Orthodontics are, more often than not, also skilled in Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

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


For Orthodontic Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. As Orthodontic Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,105

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

Home to some of the best pay for Orthodontic Assistants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), Omaha (+17 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Richland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Richmond and Cincinnati (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Orthodontic Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Orthodontic Assistant

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$35,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲27%

Scheduling
▲19%

Insurance
▲18%

Social Media Marketing
▲14%

lab
▲14%


Orthodontic assistant
▲4%


▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$35,000

OSHA Compliance
▼1%

Bilingual
▼4%

Training
▼4%

sterilization
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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