Dental Ceramist Salary
Average Dental Ceramists in the United States make around $20.12 per hour. Women account for the majority of Dental Ceramists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Though the majority of Dental Ceramists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Dental Ceramist
A dental ceramist is a person who creates dental prosthetics for patients. These prosthetics can include crowns, bridgework, and veneers. Most ceramists do not manufacture or create full-blown dentures. Rather, they work from impressions, molds, and photographs to create imitation teeth or surfaces that both appear natural and are comfortable for the patient when speaking and eating.Read More...
Typically, a dentist and patient will come to an agreement on what sort of dental prosthetic is best suited for each situation. The dentist will typically create molds and impressions of the patient's teeth and bite patterns, both before and after any extractions. The dentist will also include video or photographic evidence for the ceramist to work with. With these materials in hand, a dental ceramist will then use ceramics, resins, and metals to create prosthetic teeth or coverings that match the patient's needs. In so doing, the ceramist must take into account the shape and size of the teeth and the color of nearby teeth.
To work as a dental ceramist, a person must typically attend a post-secondary technical school and earn a certification in the field. Most ceramists will begin their careers at larger, dedicated companies and clinics that subcontract to dentists, but some experienced ceramists will form their own workgroups and companies based upon experience, networking, and demonstrated skills. Dental ceramists typically work in a clinical lab type environment during regular hours of the workweek.
Dental Ceramist Tasks
- Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
- Clean and polish dental prostheses.
- Verify patient's prostheses match to color of natural teeth.
- Create dental prostheses, crowns, bridges and tooth facings.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Ceramist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dental Ceramists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $38K. Dental Ceramists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.
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