Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salary
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.
|Salary||$34,240 - $71,505|
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|Hourly Rate||$12.90 - $29.58|
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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.Read More...
Other tasks and responsibilities consist of maintaining or restoring a patient’s oral health, replacing partial or total loss of a patient’s natural teeth, and correcting dental irregularities, such as cracked teeth and cavities. It is also the responsibility of a certified dental technician to operate a special apparatus known as an articulator, which simulates the opening and closing of a patient’s mouth. An articulator replaces any missing facial or body tissue due to any injury or disease, by creating a maxillo-facial prostheses. A of a certified dental technician must also document actions by completing forms, logging reports, and keeping and securing records. It is also the of a certified dental technician’s job to conserve all equipment by completing plaster castings, electronic spot welding, metal casting, metal polishing, wax modeling, ceramics, wire bending, electroplating, and sandblasting.
To become a of a certified dental technician, certain skills are required, such as vast experience in customer service, use of dental technology equipment, experience in dental health maintenance, surgical experience, procedural skills, documentation skills, and verbal communication. A of a certified dental technician will often with a team, if it is necessary to get the job done. This technician is also required to have obtained appropriate schooling, and as the job title implies, he or she must have the proper certification.
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.
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.
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