Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salary

Average Certified Dental Technicians in the United States make around $18.62 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately one-half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Dental Technicians (50 percent) survey respondents. Men working as Certified Dental Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. The majority of Certified Dental Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,110 - $71,054
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$12.82 - $29.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,110 - $71,054  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$28,969 - $64,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $29.68  
   
Overtime
$23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$28,969 - $64,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Dental Technician (CDT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 7 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Dental Technician (CDT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Certified Dental Technician (CDT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 22 salaries. A Certified Dental Technician (CDT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 27 salaries.

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.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
47%
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Experience Affects Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲13%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

Entry-Level
▼28%

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
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 38%