Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.03 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Orthodontic Assistants stretch from $24K on the lower end to $46K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-third, and nearly one in five earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,232 - $44,627
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$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,767
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$11.67 - $21.90
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,232 - $44,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,661  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $3,518  
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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$24,079 - $46,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $21.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,661  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $3,518  
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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$24,079 - $46,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,943
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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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There are some Orthodontic Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Dental Hygienists, where earnings are an average $67K annually. Career advancement for the typical Orthodontic Assistant often leads to becoming a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Orthodontic Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Training, Order Inventory, Patient Education, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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 many Orthodontic Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Orthodontic Assistants bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Orthodontic Assistants, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Orthodontic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+26 percent), San Diego (+25 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and Omaha (+23 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Colorado Springs, 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Houston and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 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
$34,000


Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Training
up arrow 11%


Patient Education
up arrow 3%

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 308 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
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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