Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home approximately $16.83 per hour on average. In the world of Dental Laboratory Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $61K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $5K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and roughly two in five receive dental plans. Men working as Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,676 - $72,057
$30K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,404
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50%
90%

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$11.13 - $25.69
$11
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,676 - $72,057  
   
Bonus
$151.52 - $6,870  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,966  
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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$24,404 - $61,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $25.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.94  
Overtime
$17.57 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$151.52 - $6,870  
   
Commission
$3,000  
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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$24,404 - $61,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 520

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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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Although it's unusual, some Dental Laboratory Technicians transition into jobs as Dental Technician Supervisors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $45K per year, though. Dental Laboratory Technicians go on to become Dental Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $37K. Dental Laboratory Technicians who move into a Dental Ceramist role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $44K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Although Aspen Dental heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $48K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $30K to $77K.

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.

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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 92 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

▲28%

▲13%

National Average
$38,000

▼4%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramics
▲57%

implants
▲26%

Crown and Bridge
▲25%

Removable
▲11%

ceramist
▲10%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$38,000

dentures
▼3%

Casting
▼11%

Waxing
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 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: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 36%