Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.66 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Most Dental Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, over one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. Women Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,850 - $62,070

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$10.28 - $23.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,850 - $62,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,544  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $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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$22,783 - $53,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $23.44  
   
Overtime
$14.59 - $35.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $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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$22,783 - $53,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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.

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. It is quite typical for Dental Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Dental Ceramists or Certified Dental Technicians, where reported median earnings are $8K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Aspen Dental offers the least money; the median income there is just $38K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $30K and $58K.


Dental Laboratory Technicians report a focused set of job 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Orthodontics. Competency in CAD/CAM frequently indicates knowledge of Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


Dental Laboratory Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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 11%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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 3%

National Average
$36,000

dentures
up arrow 1%

Orthodontics
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 39%
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