Certified Dental Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.50 per hour. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Certified Dental Technicians making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Dental Technicians (50 percent) survey respondents. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by close to one-half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,240 - $71,505
$34K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,447
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90%

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$12.90 - $29.58
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$18
$30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,240 - $71,505  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
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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$29,153 - $67,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $29.58  
   
Overtime
$23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$29,153 - $67,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Technician (CDT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Dental Technicians make a median salary of $48K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Reviews

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Certified Dental Technician (CDT)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
046
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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