Dental Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $16.21 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by roughly two-fifths. Men working as Dental Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,528 - $68,769
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$69K
MEDIAN: $39,988
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$11.52 - $24.80
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,528 - $68,769  
   
Bonus
$100.84 - $2,948  
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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$24,111 - $58,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $24.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.27 - $37.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.84 - $2,948  
   
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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$24,111 - $58,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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.

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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Technicians make a median salary of $40K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $47K.

Dental Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

What is it like working as a Dental Technician?

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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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 30%

ceramist
up arrow 16%

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National Average
$36,000

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Casting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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