Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

An average Dental Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.13 per hour. Total cash earnings of Dental Laboratory Technicians range from $23K on the low end to $54K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $3K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most Dental Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Women Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Men make up a slight majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians (50 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$25,041 - $61,157
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,664
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$10.51 - $24.10
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,041 - $61,157  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
Profit Sharing
$3.14 - $2,959  
Commission
$4,000  
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).
)
$22,970 - $53,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$14.91 - $36.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$3.14 - $2,959  
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).
)
$22,970 - $53,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 572
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


As Dental Laboratory Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Dental Technician Supervisor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Dental Technician Supervisors earn $45K on average per year. A Dental Laboratory Technician often moves on to become a Dental Technician or a Dental Ceramist.

Dental Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Bringing up the rear, Aspen Dental's median pay of $40K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $56K.


Survey results imply that Dental Laboratory Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with ceramist, Crown and Bridge, and dentures are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Waxing and Orthodontics. Orthodontics is a skill commonly found among those who know CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Dental Laboratory Technicians. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Dental Laboratory Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dental Laboratory Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

Dental Laboratory Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Dental Laboratory Technician at Aspen Dental?

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.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%


National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramist
up arrow 21%

Crown and Bridge
up arrow 7%

dentures
up arrow 3%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Orthodontics
up arrow 4%

Waxing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 38%
ADVERTISEMENT