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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 $15.95 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 $3K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure 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 nearly one in five collect dental insurance.

$20,341 - $44,057
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$20K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,869
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$11.65 - $21.92
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,341 - $44,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,564  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $3,480  
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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$24,088 - $46,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $21.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,564  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $3,480  
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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$24,088 - $46,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,865

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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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While not commonly seen, Orthodontic Assistants who transition into a Registered Dental Hygienist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Dental Hygienists is $67K per year. A common career progression for an Orthodontic Assistant is to become a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator. Compared to Orthodontic Assistants, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Orthodontic Assistants only 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Orthodontic Assistants see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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 (+27 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and Omaha (+23 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Workers in Colorado Springs and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, 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
$33,000


Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries


Patient Education
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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National Average
$33,000

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: 56%
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