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Orthodontic Assistant Salary (United States)

Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.78 per hour for pay. In the world of Orthodontic Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $46K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and roughly one in five earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Orthodontic Assistant Salary (?
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$21,271 - $44,573
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MEDIAN: $31,316
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Orthodontic Assistant Salary (?
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$11.52 - $21.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,271 - $44,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,553  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,348  
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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$23,931 - $45,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $21.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,348  
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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$23,931 - $45,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,736
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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 it's uncommon, some Orthodontic Assistants move into roles as Registered Dental Hygienists, where pay is an average $67K per year. Orthodontic Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Orthodontic Assistants or Orthodontic Treatment Coordinators. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant

Survey takers who work as Orthodontic Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Patient Education, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. The majority of those who know Orthodontics also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Orthodontic Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. Orthodontic Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. 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

Seattle
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Omaha
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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Miami
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Denver
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National Average
$33,000
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Tampa
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Colorado Springs
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
With a pay rate for Orthodontic Assistants that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Orthodontic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Omaha (+24 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), Portland (+22 percent), and Austin (+21 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Colorado Springs is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Cleveland (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Orthodontics
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Patient Education
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Radiology
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

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: 35% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 56%