The salary range for an orthodontic assistant is from $11.05 to $21.23 per hour, or $22,995 to $44,751 annually, according to national data provided by Payscale Inc. The average hourly rate is about $15. Additions to salary may include overtime up to $31.66 per hour, bonuses and profit sharing.
Salary for an orthodontic assistant is largely dependent upon location and credentials, Payscale Inc. reports. Higher cost-of-living areas lead to a higher salary range. Credentials affecting salary include education and prior work experience. Additions to the compensation package may include benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and paid vacation time.
The average entry-level assistant earns a median income of $29,000 per year while an assistant with more than 20 years of experience earns a median income of $41,000 per year, according to Payscale Inc.