Dental Technician Salary

An average Dental Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.31 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Dental Technicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While nearly one-third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,199 - $70,686

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$11.10 - $24.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,199 - $70,686  
   
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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$23,615 - $58,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $24.00  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $36.86  
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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$23,615 - $58,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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

  • 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 who transition into a Certified Dental Technician role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $45K per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Dental Technicians who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 27 percent above average.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. 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.

Dental Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Dental Technician?

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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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

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 27%

National Average
$37,000

CAD/CAM
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 32%
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