Dental Ceramist Salary
Dental Ceramists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $20.42 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Dental Ceramists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals.
|Salary||$35,073 - $85,788|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $6,456|
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|$31,703 - $74,503|
|Hourly Rate||$14.32 - $30.20|
|Overtime||$18.75 - $51.71|
|Bonus||$-0.50 - $6,456|
|Total Pay (||$31,703 - $74,503|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
Pay by Experience for a Dental Ceramist has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Ceramist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 22 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Ceramist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Dental Ceramist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 45 salaries. A Dental Ceramist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 64 salaries.
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