Dental Technician Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Dental Technician is $16.83 per hour.
Dental Technician Salary (?
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$29,014 - $73,470
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MEDIAN: $41,757
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Dental Technician Salary (?
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$11.04 - $23.32
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,014 - $73,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$23,701 - $59,410  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $23.32  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $37.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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).
)
$23,701 - $59,410  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$39,000
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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 27%
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