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Dental Ceramist Salary

Median pay for Dental Ceramists in the United States is around $19.86 per hour. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dental Ceramists making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Dental Ceramists is high. Approximately half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-fourth collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,200 - $78,119
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,293
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50%
90%

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$12.62 - $27.71
(Median)
$13
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,200 - $78,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$29,399 - $63,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $39.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
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).
)
$29,399 - $63,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Dental Ceramists. 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. Dental Ceramists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.

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Experience Affects Dental Ceramist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

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
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 42%
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