Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $15.63 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Dental Laboratory Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While close to two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and about two in five have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians (51 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,850 - $62,880
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,623
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$10.35 - $23.36
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$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,850 - $62,880  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,569  
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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$22,959 - $53,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $23.36  
   
Overtime
$14.61 - $35.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,569  
   
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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$22,959 - $53,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Dental Technician Supervisors. That role pays $45K per year on average. Dental Ceramists or Certified Dental Technicians are common next-step roles for Dental Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Dental Ceramists is $8K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Certified Dental Technicians.

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While select Aspen Dental employees may bring in up to $58K, a median salary of only $38K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Survey results show that Dental Laboratory Technicians use a fair number of skills. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Orthodontics. Orthodontics is a skill commonly found among those who know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Dental Laboratory Technicians. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Laboratory Technicians bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dental Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Orthodontics
up arrow 4%

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: 55% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 39%
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