Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $18.64 per hour. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in six collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14.97 - $23.49
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$19
$23
MEDIAN: $18.76
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Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $14.97 - $23.49
Overtime $27.75
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $103.04 - $3,490
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$31,093 - $49,611
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82

Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Certified orthodontic assistants are responsible for assisting in routine and specialty orthodontic procedures within a dental office, as tasks include preparing examination rooms, sterilizing instruments, and answering patients' questions. An X-ray certification is typically required for this position, and these assistants are also tasked with taking and pouring impressions and bite registrations as well as making vacuum-formed retainers. Aspiring orthodontic assistants should be well-versed in providing basic orthodontic care to patients while following all guidelines and standards set in the Dental Care Act, and they are also responsible for maintaining current CPR certification at all times.

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Certified Orthodontic Assistant Tasks

  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Inform patients regarding pre-op and post-op instructions.
  • Sterilize and disinfect orthodontic instruments and equipment.
  • Prepare for procedures by organizing instruments and equipment.
  • Assist dentist during orthodontic examinations and procedures.

Certified Orthodontic Assistant Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Certified Orthodontic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Orthodontic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified 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 26 salaries. An experienced Certified Orthodontic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. A Certified 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 $44,000 based on 20 salaries.

Certified Orthodontic Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Orthodontic Assistant?

Certified Orthodontic Assistant in Tacoma:
"Ortho."
Pros: I love working as a dental assistant in Ortho. My patients are awesome. I love seeing patients teeth change through every appointment and working on my own is fun too.
Cons: The way that my boss acts towards me.

Key Stats for Certified Orthodontic Assistant

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 74%