Dental Technician Salary

Dental Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.19 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Dental Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Dental Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,517 - $72,859
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MEDIAN: $42,080
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$11.44 - $24.46
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MEDIAN: $16.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,517 - $72,859  
   
Bonus
$100.50 - $2,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,116 - $58,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $24.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.97 - $37.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.50 - $2,027  
   
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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$24,116 - $58,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Dental Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $49K.

Dental Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dental Technician

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

▲33%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲28%

ceramist
▲14%

dentures
▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$37,000

waxer
▼4%

Casting
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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