Orthodontic Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Orthodontic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.01 per hour. Total cash compensation to Orthodontic Assistants ranges from $25K on the lower end to $49K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Close to one-third enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-eighth. The majority of Orthodontic Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$17,311 - $43,892
$17K
$32K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,619
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$12.39 - $23.51
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$0$49K
Salary $17,311 - $43,892
Bonus $297.24 - $3,014
Profit Sharing $727 - $3,027
Commission $500
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$25,522 - $49,350
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 130
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.39 - $23.51
Hourly Tips $1.02
Overtime $17.54 - $34.59
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $297.24 - $3,014
Commission $500
Profit Sharing $727 - $3,027
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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$25,522 - $49,350
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,794

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Orthodontic Assistant


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Orthodontic Assistants who transition into a Registered Dental Hygienist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $67K per year. It is not uncommon for an Orthodontic Assistant to continue on to become a Certified Orthodontic Assistant or an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Orthodontic Assistant


Child and Adult Orthodontics, American Orthodontics, Greenberg Dental, Dr. B, and Apple Valley Dental and Orthodontics are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Orthodontic Assistants. American Orthodontics leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $34K.

Popular Skills for Orthodontic Assistant


Survey results imply that Orthodontic Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Scheduling, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing sterilization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Orthodontics are, more often than not, also skilled in 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: $35,578

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

For Orthodontic Assistants, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Orthodontic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Omaha (+16 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Richland is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Richmond and 9 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 303 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$36,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲25%

Scheduling
▲17%

Insurance
▲17%

Social Media Marketing
▲13%

lab
▲13%


Orthodontic assistant
▲2%

▼0%


National Average
$36,000

▼1%

OSHA Compliance
▼2%

Bilingual
▼5%

Training
▼6%

sterilization
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 61%
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