Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $18.54 per hour. The majority of Certified Orthodontic Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, roughly one in three have medical insurance and slightly less than a third receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,426 - $66,553
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$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,494
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$14.50 - $25.76
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$0$66K
Salary $20,426 - $66,553
Bonus $292.33 - $3,041
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$29,120 - $56,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $14.50 - $25.76
Overtime $28.33
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $292.33 - $3,041
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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$29,120 - $56,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57

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Job Description for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Certified orthodontic assistants (COA) are responsible for facilitating the orthodontic process and assisting a dentist in their duties. They should have strong interpersonal skills to explain processes and provide technical explanations in simple terms to patients and their families, and they must work well in teams with other assistants, but also on their own with minimal supervision.

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Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) 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 (COA) Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 12 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 34 salaries. A Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) 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 16 salaries.

Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Reviews

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

Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) in Fairmont:
Pros: Making kids feel good about themselves and the challenge for me.
Cons: Extremely stressful and boss never happy with me.

Key Stats for Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 58%
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