Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.75 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Orthodontic Assistants can bottom out near $25K or peak near $48K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Orthodontic Assistants is high. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in three, and just over a fifth earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,000 - $44,119
$18K
$32K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,568
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$12.12 - $22.76
$12
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MEDIAN: $16.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,000 - $44,119  
   
Bonus
$243.81 - $2,428  
Profit Sharing
$748 - $3,677  
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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$24,955 - $47,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $22.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.98  
Overtime
$16.81 - $34.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$243.81 - $2,428  
   
Commission
$350.00  
Profit Sharing
$748 - $3,677  
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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$24,955 - $47,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,788

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Dental Hygienist, where median compensation is $67K annually. 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 $1K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Orthodontic Assistant


Child and Adult Orthodontics, American Orthodontics, Greenberg Dental, Dr. B, and Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Orthodontic Assistants. Orthodontic Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at American Orthodontics, where the average salary comes to $35K.

Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Survey results imply that Orthodontic Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Scheduling, Clinical Supervision, and lab are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 28 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Sterilization and Bilingual, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,850

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

For Orthodontic Assistants, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent) and Omaha (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Richland, 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Richmond and 7 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$35,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Scheduling
▲33%

Clinical Supervision
▲28%

lab
▲23%


Orthodontic assistant
▲4%


▲1%

Radiology
▼0%

OSHA Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

Bilingual
▼3%

Training
▼3%

sterilization
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 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
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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