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Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home approximately $15.57 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. For the most part, Dental Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly two in five. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,993 - $63,087
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$25K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,955
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$10.28 - $23.08
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,993 - $63,087  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,975  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,570  
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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$22,863 - $53,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $23.08  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $35.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,570  
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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$22,863 - $53,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 493

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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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While Dental Laboratory Technicians do not often become Dental Technician Supervisors, the job pays $45K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Dental Laboratory Technician often leads to becoming a Dental Ceramist or a Certified Dental Technician; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Affordable Dentures-PC, where the median salary is just $42K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $70K.


Survey results show that Dental Laboratory Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with ceramist, Crown and Bridge, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Orthodontics. Employees educated in CAD/CAM are typically practiced in Orthodontics, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


For many Dental Laboratory Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $44K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Dental Laboratory Technician Advice

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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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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 4%

National Average
$36,000

dentures
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 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: 56% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 38%
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