Dental Ceramist Salary

Dental Ceramists in the United States pull down an average of $19.90 per hour. Men working as Dental Ceramists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. Slightly more than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in four collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,200 - $78,119
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,139
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$12.36 - $27.34
(Median)
$12
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,200 - $78,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$29,748 - $63,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $27.34  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $37.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$29,748 - $63,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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Job Description for Dental Ceramist

Dental work is more than just fillings and cleanings. It also involves the creation and installation of dental prosthetics. Dental ceramists create the prosthetics that will be installed in patients' mouths, such as crowns, dentures, bridges, replacement teeth, tooth facings, and any other artificial teeth pieces. To accomplish this, molds are taken of the patients' mouths; should a tooth be missing or damaged, the tooth will be recreated. Dental ceramists need training in a vocational school for dental ceramic certification, an associate's degree in a dental laboratory technology program, or direct experience in a dentist's laboratory.

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. For Dental Ceramists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $50K on average.

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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
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 41%