Dental Ceramist Salary

Dental Ceramists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.78 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Dental Ceramists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly more than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fourth collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Dental Ceramists (50 percent) survey respondents. Male Dental Ceramists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,536 - $76,475
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,427
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$13.28 - $27.34
(Median)
$13
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,536 - $76,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$29,687 - $62,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $27.34  
   
Overtime
$17.22 - $38.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
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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$29,687 - $62,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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.

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Dental Ceramist Tasks

  • Verify patient's prostheses match to color of natural teeth.
  • Create dental prostheses, crowns, bridges and tooth facings.
  • Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
  • Clean and polish dental prostheses.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Ceramist

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


Dental Ceramists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Dental Ceramists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $50K.

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Experience Affects Dental Ceramist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 40%
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