Dental Technician Salary

Average Dental Technicians in the United States make around $16.50 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A majority enjoy medical while over a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dental Technicians making up 59 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Dental Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,605 - $70,864
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,796
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$11.15 - $24.67
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,605 - $70,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $5,600  
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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$23,886 - $60,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $24.67  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $37.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $5,600  
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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$23,886 - $60,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205

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Job Description for Dental Technician

Dental technicians primarily do less complicated forms of dentistry in a dental office, whether it be repairing chipped teeth or reline work for dentures, and occasionally crown and implant work. Dental technicians constantly work with surgical implements, including drills, electric grinders, and polishers, so proper safety knowledge and procedure is a must. Also, mistakes on teeth are expensive to fix and ruin customer satisfaction, so hand-eye coordination, reliability, and attention to detail are imperative to the job. In addition, dental technicians serve customers daily and therefore must have good communication and people skills in order to best serve customers. Not all work as a dentist technician is just fixing teeth though. At some offices, dental technicians are expected to have a managerial background, and computer skills, especially with handling 3shape dental software, are another plus. Also, a background in X-ray operation or X-ray technology in general is near necessary, as dental X-ray imaging is often performed by dental technicians in most dental offices. This X-ray imaging usually requires an X-ray certification in most states. Dental technicians also often work in the fabrication process in a dental office, including the creation of custom trays and base plates for surgery. Dental technicians typically work under a dentist at a dental office, freeing time in their schedule by doing the more routine dental work, including verifying prescription specs through an articulator, making oral constructs, and adjusting/verifying the accuracy of teeth molds. Dental technicians work alongside secretaries and other workers in a dental office, and are required to have a dental degree. Dental technicians typically have similar hours as the rest of the dental office, nine to five, five days a week, and only indoor work.


Dental Technician Tasks

  • Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
  • Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
  • Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances.
  • Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
  • Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.

Common Career Paths for Dental Technician


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As Dental Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Certified Dental Technician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Certified Dental Technicians earn $45K on average per year.

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Dental Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Computer Aided Design and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Dental Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $44K.

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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 22%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 21%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 33%