Dental Ceramist Salary

Dental Ceramists in the United States can expect wages of $20.30 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Dental Ceramists are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Women account for the majority of Dental Ceramists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,995 - $82,102
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$14.78 - $29.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,995 - $82,102  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$33,278 - $72,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $29.97  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $51.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $6,411  
   
Commission
$2,000  
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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$33,278 - $72,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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.

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Compensation may take a strong hit for Dental Ceramists who move to positions like Dental Laboratory Technician. Dental Laboratory Technicians usually make $34K.

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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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Key Stats for Dental Ceramist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects Dental Ceramist Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

National Average
$46,000

Experienced
▼2%

Mid-Career
▼17%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 31%
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