Median pay for Dental Ceramists in the United States is around $20.18 per hour. The majority of Dental Ceramists (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Though the majority of Dental Ceramists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Approximately one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,262 - $78,385
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,991
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$13.87 - $29.45
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,262 - $78,385  
   
Bonus
$700  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,328 - $63,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $29.45  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $39.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$700  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$30,328 - $63,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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Dental Ceramists may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Dental Laboratory Technician. That position usually brings in $34K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Ceramist

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


For Dental Ceramists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $38K. Dental Ceramists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K.

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Experience Affects Dental Ceramist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$45,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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