Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.85 per hour. Total cash compensation to Dental Laboratory Technicians approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by approximately two in five. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dental Laboratory Technicians making up 51 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,475 - $71,239
$29K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,198
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$11.04 - $25.60
$11
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MEDIAN: $16.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,475 - $71,239  
   
Bonus
$151.52 - $6,870  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,932  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$24,312 - $61,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $25.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.94  
Overtime
$16.49 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$151.52 - $6,870  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,932  
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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$24,312 - $61,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 530

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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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For Dental Laboratory Technicians, advancing into a Certified Dental Technician role, for which the median salary is $45K, is not common but it does happen. As Dental Laboratory Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Dental Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $37K. Another common career choice for Dental Laboratory Technicians is to move into a Dental Ceramist role — this promotion usually pays $44K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Dental Laboratory Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aspen Dental, where the median salary comes to $45K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($30K) and those starting out ($77K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $49K.

Dental Laboratory Technician Reviews

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

Dental Laboratory Technician in Jackson:
"I love my job and the company that I work for."
Pros: The fact that we treat every patient that comes through the door as a family member. It's amazing to see lives we change in a year!
Cons: Having to deal with very rude patients. The world doesn't revolve around just one patient, and we do our besteam to take care of every patient that walks through to door. However threats and spitting on our windows and such is totally uncalled for.

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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Key Stats for Dental Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲29%

▲12%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramics
▲57%

implants
▲26%

Crown and Bridge
▲25%

Removable
▲11%

▲9%

ceramist
▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$38,000

dentures
▼1%

Waxing
▼5%

Casting
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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