Dental Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

A Dental Laboratory Technician earns an average wage of $15.27 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are ceramist and Crown and Bridge.
Dental Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$24,835 - $60,621
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,875
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Dental Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$10.07 - $22.31
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,835 - $60,621  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
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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$22,275 - $52,438  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $22.31  
   
Overtime
$14.13 - $33.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
   
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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$22,275 - $52,438  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 521
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
up arrow 38%
New York
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National Average
$35,000
Portland
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Dental Laboratory Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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 26%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
National Average
$35,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramist
up arrow 31%
Crown and Bridge
up arrow 13%
CAD/CAM
up arrow 4%
Orthodontics
0%
National Average
$35,000
dentures
up arrow 1%

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Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 35%
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