Certified Dental Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.50 per hour. Male Certified Dental Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Dental Technicians. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,240 - $71,505
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$34K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,556
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$13.14 - $29.60
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$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 (?
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$29,553 - $66,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$26.50  
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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$29,553 - $66,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Technician (CDT)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Certified Dental Technicians. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. Certified Dental Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Reviews

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 10%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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