$31,937
Avg. Salary
$17.22
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$979

Profit Sharing

$1,479

Commission

$500

The average pay for an Orthodontic Assistant is $17.22 per hour.

The average pay for an Orthodontic Assistant is $31,937 per year.

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$0$49K
Salary $19,384 - $44,385
Bonus $207 - $2,930
Profit Sharing $650 - $3,034
Commission $500
Total Pay (?
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$25,578 - $49,372
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 221
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.44 - $23.55
Hourly Tips $1.09
Overtime $17.89 - $34.69
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $207 - $2,930
Commission $500
Profit Sharing $650 - $3,034
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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$25,578 - $49,372
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,162

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

Orthodontic Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$47K

$32,394

$30,353

$35,360

$31,742

Dr. B
6 profiles
$32,303

$23,917

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.

Orthodontic Assistant Job Listings

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: $35,811

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 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 Manassas:
"Keep to Yourself."
Make sure to never get too comfortable.

Orthodontic Assistant in Easley:
"Must be able to stay calm and smile."
Take your time learning the right way to work on patients. Do not be afraid to ask for help from more experienced workers. Pay attention to your patients. Must be able to work with several coworkers as well as take instructions from the doctor.

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.

Orthodontic Assistant in Hayes:
Make sure, you are employes by a strong successful practice.

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Key Stats for Orthodontic Assistant

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 496 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$36,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Orthodontic Assistant Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲24%

Scheduling
▲16%

Insurance
▲16%

Social Media Marketing
▲12%

lab
▲12%


Orthodontic assistant
▲2%


National Average
$36,000

▼1%

▼1%

OSHA Compliance
▼3%

Bilingual
▼6%

Training
▼6%

sterilization
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 496 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
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%