Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $16.82 per hour on average. 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. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly two in five. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Laboratory Technicians. Male Dental Laboratory Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,654 - $71,895
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$28K
$46K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,231
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$10.88 - $25.55
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,654 - $71,895  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $6,887  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $4,894  
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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$23,899 - $61,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$16.13 - $41.38  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$151.01 - $6,887  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $4,894  
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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$23,899 - $61,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 511
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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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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. The most common promotion for Dental Laboratory Technicians is a Dental Technician position, which usually brings in $37K a year. Another standard transition for Dental Laboratory Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Dental Ceramist role, where pay is often $44K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


Employees of Aspen Dental can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $47K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $30K to $77K.

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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $36K. Dental Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. 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 $50K.

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



National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramics
up arrow 57%

Crown and Bridge
up arrow 25%

implants
up arrow 21%


CAD/CAM
up arrow 4%

ceramist
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

dentures
up arrow 1%

Casting
up arrow 11%

Waxing
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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