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Dental Technician Salary

Dental Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $16.39 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A majority enjoy medical while more than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a fifth. Men make up a slight majority of Dental Technicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Dental Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,317 - $71,325
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,932
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$11.10 - $24.24
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,317 - $71,325  
   
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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$23,694 - $60,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$13.21 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$23,694 - $60,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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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For Dental Technicians, progressing to a Certified Dental Technician role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Certified Dental Technician can earn $45K annually.

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Survey takers who work as Dental Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Technicians make a median salary of $41K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $44K.

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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

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 22%

CAD/CAM
0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 33%
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