Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States is around $15.62 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the specific company. Most Dental Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,884 - $62,696
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$25K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,434
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$10.34 - $23.35
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,884 - $62,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,622  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $2,543  
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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$22,943 - $53,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $23.35  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $35.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,622  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $2,543  
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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$22,943 - $53,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 509
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Job Description for Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental laboratory technicians are responsible for many "behind-the-scenes" tasks in a dental office or laboratory. They are primarily responsible for the production of dentures, crowns, bridges, and other highly detailed dental repair work. This involves the complete production process, including pouring, trimming, beveling, and sectioning the repair prosthesis. They make adjustments and repairs to existing structures. Dental laboratory technicians often work with modern dental computer software in the design and construction of complicated dental structures. Oversight of orders and transport to outside facilities may be required for certain positions in which the work cannot be performed in-house.

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Dental Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
  • Verify the conformance to prescriptions specs by using articulator.
  • Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
  • Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
  • Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances according to dental prescription.

Common Career Paths for Dental Laboratory Technician


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Dental Laboratory Technicians who advance into the role of a Dental Technician Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Dental Technician Supervisors on average earn $45K per year. The most common next step for a Dental Laboratory Technician is to become a Dental Ceramist or a Certified Dental Technician. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Aspen Dental is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $38K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $30K while workers on the upper end may rake in $58K.


Dental Laboratory Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with ceramist and Crown and Bridge are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Orthodontics. CAD/CAM and Orthodontics are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


Dental Laboratory Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $45K.

Dental Laboratory Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Laboratory Technician in Dothan:
"Knowledge of teeth is important."
Be sure to study natural teeth. They are what you are trying to duplicate.

Dental Laboratory Technician in Fayetteville:
"Don't Reinvent The Wheel."
Entry Level Dental Laboratory Technicians have a tendency to try to reinvent the wheel. Experienced lab technicians have proven methods that have been tried and remain true. Newcomers feel the need to alter the techniques because they think they can do it better. This "usually" is the beginning of problems. Dental laboratory work is a very detail oriented field and even the slightest deviations in techniques can cause catastrophic results. Listen to the veterans that are training you and don't change methods without consulting them because getting the product out the door is not proof that these small changes do not affect the final product. Problems are not always evident immediately they can manifest weeks or months later resulting in remakes and lost profits.

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Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramist
up arrow 28%

Crown and Bridge
up arrow 10%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 2%

dentures
0%

National Average
$36,000

Orthodontics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 38%
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