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Dental Technician Salary

Pay for Dental Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.27 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,409 - $71,000
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,609
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90%

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$11.15 - $23.94
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,409 - $71,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$23,816 - $60,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $23.94  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $36.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$23,816 - $60,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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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Dental Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Certified Dental Technician. The average Certified Dental Technician brings home $45K per year.

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Dental Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in 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 see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Dental Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $44K.

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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 24%

National Average
$37,000

CAD/CAM
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 33%
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