Average Dental Ceramists in the United States make around $20.12 per hour. Women account for the majority of Dental Ceramists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Though the majority of Dental Ceramists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,639 - $79,463
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,285
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50%
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$13.84 - $29.75
$14
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$30
MEDIAN: $20.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,639 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$700  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,164 - $63,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $43.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$30,164 - $63,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Dental Ceramist


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For Dental Ceramists, a move to the Dental Laboratory Technician role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Dental Laboratory Technicians typically make $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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dental Ceramists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $38K. Dental Ceramists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

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Key Stats for Dental Ceramist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
50%
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Experience Affects Dental Ceramist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$45,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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