Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salary

Certified Dental Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $20.19 per hour. Male Certified Dental Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,110 - $73,206
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$33K
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MEDIAN: $49,977
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$13.81 - $29.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,110 - $73,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,172 - $66,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$15.66 - $45.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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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$30,172 - $66,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Certified Dental Technician (CDT)

A certified dental technician (CDT), works with dentists to create partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, bridges, crowns, and veneers. A certified dental technician creates a model of a patient’s mouth, along with a prescription for the types of dentures or other items needed.

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Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Tasks

  • Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
  • Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
  • Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
  • Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances.
  • Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.

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What is it like working as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT)?

Certified Dental Technician (CDT) in San Francisco:
"Pay Scale For Tim Foley, CDT."
Pros: Producing Ceramic dental appliances. Case design of implant bridges. Patient satisfaction.
Cons: Stress level. Dissatisfaction of owner. Having owner of the lab standing over my shoulder. Delivery dates arbitrarily set. Rush cases. The long commute. Working environment conditions. Dust.

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Experience Affects Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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