Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Earnings for Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States come in at around $16.13 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Dental Laboratory Technicians — including $2K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $23K to $54K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. For the most part, Dental Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians (50 percent) survey respondents. Men make up a slight majority of Dental Laboratory Technicians (50 percent) who responded to the survey. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,041 - $61,157
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$25K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,664
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$10.51 - $24.10
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$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).
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$22,970 - $53,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$14.91 - $36.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$22,970 - $53,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 572
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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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At the upper end, Dental Laboratory Technicians who move into a Dental Technician Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Dental Technician Supervisors is a much higher $45K per year. Becoming a Dental Technician or a Dental Ceramist is a common transition from a Dental Laboratory Technician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Aspen Dental offers the lowest median salary at $40K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $30K and $56K.


Survey results show that Dental Laboratory Technicians use a fair number of skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Waxing and Orthodontics. Aptitude in CAD/CAM tends to also indicate an understanding 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Dental Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $46K.

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.

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Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%


National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
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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%
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