Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.00 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Orthodontic Assistants vary widely between $25K and $49K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,066 - $45,384
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$32K
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MEDIAN: $31,851
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$12.33 - $23.28
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$0$48K
Salary $17,066 - $45,384
Bonus $257.88 - $2,939
Profit Sharing $766 - $3,048
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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$25,404 - $48,910
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 130
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.33 - $23.28
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $17.07 - $33.38
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $257.88 - $2,939
Commission $350.00
Profit Sharing $766 - $3,048
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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$25,404 - $48,910
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,745

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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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At the upper end, Orthodontic Assistants who move into a Registered Dental Hygienist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Dental Hygienists is a much higher $67K per year. An Orthodontic Assistant often moves on to become a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator.

Orthodontic Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Orthodontic Assistant


Child and Adult Orthodontics, American Orthodontics, Greenberg Dental, Dr. B, and Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics are all popular places to work. Orthodontic Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at American Orthodontics, where the average salary comes to $34K.

Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Orthodontic Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Clinical Supervision can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Scheduling and Insurance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 17 percent and 25 percent. Those listing sterilization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Orthodontics also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Orthodontic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Orthodontic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 927 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Orthodontic Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 482 salaries. An experienced Orthodontic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 500 salaries. An Orthodontic Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 238 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,411

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

For Orthodontic Assistants, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Omaha (+16 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Richland, 14 percent below the national average. Richmond and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Orthodontic Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Orthodontic Assistant?

Orthodontic Assistant in Miami:
"Fast paced, energetic, fun, fairly stressful, demandint at t."
Pros: My boss because he is super friendly and always makes you laugh, always in a good mood/but he is strict and has his temper. The working environment is positive, am friends with everyone, we all get along, it's like our second family. Meeting the patients, getting to know them, treating each patient as if it were me getting orthodontic treatment for the first time.
Cons: The pay is fairly because it doesn't compensate the amount of hours we make on a daily basis and weekly. I also like least loosing hours and getting to much time off every time my boss goes on vacation because we don't get paid.

Orthodontic Assistant in Puyallup:
Pros: I love to work with kids. Every time I'm going to work I'm happy.
Cons: Salary problems destroy positive attitude.

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 Chandler:
"Finding a great doctor to work for is the key for success."
Pros: Working with the patients.
Cons: I don't have a least favorite. I guess bent over patients all day.

Orthodontic Assistant in Colorado Springs:
"Stressful."
Pros: Making kids smiles bright and help them from getting picked on and made fun of.
Cons: I dont get paid enough to survive off.

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
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

▲20%

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$35,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲25%

Scheduling
▲17%

Insurance
▲17%

Social Media Marketing
▲13%

lab
▲13%


Orthodontic assistant
▲3%

▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$35,000

OSHA Compliance
▼2%

Bilingual
▼5%

Training
▼5%

sterilization
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 61%
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