Pay for Dental Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.27 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dental Technicians making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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$11.57 - $24.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,440 - $70,888  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,416  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,214 - $58,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.03 - $37.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,416  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$24,214 - $58,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 359

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Job Description for Dental Technician

When a dentist must remedy a patient's situation with prosthetic or orthodontic appliances, he/she typically turns to a dental technician for assistance. Dental technicians use molds, models, and images of patients to build dentures and partial bridges, as well as specialized orthodontic insertions to help articulate patients' teeth. These technicians typically work for companies which create these materials and appliances in manufacturing labs.

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Dental Technician Tasks

  • Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
  • Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.
  • Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
  • Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
  • Create and perform work according to dental prescription.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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


Dental Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. Dental Technicians see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $48K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Dental Technician Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Technician?

Dental Technician in Independence:
"Don't do it."
It's a decent job, but has a fairly low income ceiling unless you decide to start your own lab. If you realize early on that you're not a fan of the work begin looking for another field soon, because the skills don't translate well into other fields, so if you're in it too long, it's really hard to get out.

Dental Technician in Manchester:
"I enjoy my job and I'm great at it, however I feel I'm being."
Pros: I enjoy the duties of my job, my days go by fast even the 12 hour days.
Cons: Not enough teamwork and pay rate.

Dental Technician in Santa Rosa:
"Less stress than dentist office."
Pros: I don't have to talk to the customer. I have a flexibility with hours a little.
Cons: I am being paid minimum wage.

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Key Stats for Dental Technician

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 29%

ceramist
up arrow 15%

dentures
up arrow 15%

up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

waxer
up arrow 3%

Casting
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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