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Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

An average Dental Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.38 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most Dental Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,402 - $61,300
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$10.19 - $22.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,402 - $61,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
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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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$22,471 - $52,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $22.72  
   
Overtime
$14.21 - $33.60  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
   
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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$22,471 - $52,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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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For Dental Laboratory Technicians, career progression to a Certified Dental Technician role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Certified Dental Technician, an upper-level role, can earn $45K annually. Career advancement for the typical Dental Laboratory Technician often leads to becoming a Dental Ceramist or a Dental Technician Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

Dental Laboratory Technician Job Listings

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Dental Laboratory Technicians report a narrow range of specific 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 30 percent, 12 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include dentures and 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $33K. Dental Laboratory Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $44K.

Dental Laboratory Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramist
up arrow 30%

Crown and Bridge
up arrow 12%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Orthodontics
up arrow 4%

dentures
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 37%