Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $16.08 per hour. Total cash compensation for Orthodontic Assistants runs from $24K to $46K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. Most Orthodontic Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction.

$20,199 - $44,736
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,885
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$11.69 - $21.93
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,199 - $44,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,734  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,524  
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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$24,136 - $46,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,734  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,524  
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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$24,136 - $46,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,944
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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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Orthodontic Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Registered Dental Hygienists. That role pays $67K per year on average. Typical career progression for an Orthodontic Assistant involves becoming a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator, roles that pay $2K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Orthodontic Assistants report a narrow range of specific skills. 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 Orthodontic Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Orthodontic Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+26 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and Omaha (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Colorado Springs. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Houston (6 percent less).

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 10%


Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
0%

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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