Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $17.38 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Dental Laboratory Technicians spread between $25K and $62K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. While about one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians (50 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,926 - $70,465
$30K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,983
10%
50%
90%

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$11.56 - $26.15
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.38
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$0$70K
Salary $29,926 - $70,465
Bonus $196.78 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $4,966
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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$25,098 - $61,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 184
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $11.56 - $26.15
Hourly Tips $0.94
Overtime $17.41 - $39.92
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $196.78 - $6,953
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $4,966
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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$25,098 - $61,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 535

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Dental Laboratory Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Dental Laboratory Technicians move into roles as Dental Technician Supervisors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $45K per year. The most common career progression for Dental Laboratory Technicians leads to becoming a Dental Technician, where pay is typically $37K. However, many Dental Laboratory Technicians also opt to become Dental Ceramists, a position that pays $44K on average.

Dental Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Dental Laboratory Technicians flock to Aspen Dental for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $48K lead the pack in compensation; however, Aspen Dental also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $30K at one end to $77K at the other end.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Dental Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 254 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 159 salaries. An experienced Dental Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 206 salaries. A Dental Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 200 salaries.

Dental Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Laboratory Technician?

Dental Laboratory Technician in Delray Beach:
Pros: People I work with are great and I'm vary appreciated.
Cons:

Dental Laboratory Technician in Tucson:
"It's sometimes boring, but most of the time I love my work."
Pros: I love that I am creating prosthetics that make patients feel better about themselves. I understand how much a person's smile means to them... It can open up a whole new world of interaction & confidence. I love helping to make those smiles a reality. Sounds cheezy, but that is why I got into this field. Who needs sculptures that cost $$$, when that same person can find joy/comfort in the mirror w/perfect smiles?
Cons: I really don't enjoy this trend of 'bleached-white teeth'. It's so silly for the youngest of us, but really is very hard to sell to older folks that must have them. It looks so awful. I'm not sure I could ever in good conscience let an older client go for those awful bleach shades. That's the only thing I hate- because the customer/Dr. Is always right. Even when they're not.

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Key Stats for Dental Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲10%

National Average
$39,000

▼6%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramics
▲54%

implants
▲23%

Crown and Bridge
▲22%

ceramist
▲8%

Removable
▲8%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

dentures
▼5%

Waxing
▼13%

Casting
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 34%
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