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Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Most Orthodontic Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.91 per hour. Total cash compensation to Orthodontic Assistants approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $46K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $3K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while around one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. The majority of Orthodontic Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,912 - $44,364
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,355
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$11.62 - $21.86
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$12
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,912 - $44,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,560  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $3,443  
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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$24,080 - $45,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $21.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,560  
   
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $3,443  
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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$24,080 - $45,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,809

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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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It's not very common for Orthodontic Assistants to move on to become Registered Dental Hygienists. Average pay for a Registered Dental Hygienist 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 $3K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Professional skills reported by Orthodontic Assistants are few in number. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Patient Education, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Orthodontics indicates knowledge of Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Orthodontic Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Orthodontic Assistants make a median salary of $39K. 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 those looking to make money, Orthodontic Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Orthodontic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), Omaha (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and Austin (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Colorado Springs and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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
$33,000


Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries


Patient Education
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

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: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 56%