Dental Technician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Dental technicians must be very detail-oriented to be successful. Because the prosthetic devices, dentures, and veneers they make will affect the patient's bite pattern, eating comfort, and smile, they must be diligent about following every noted aspect of each unique mold and image when creating these devices. They typically work with a variety of materials and resins and also use small tools and magnifying equipment to ensure proper fits are created.
Many technicians choose to specialize within the field, especially those who work in orthodontics and are tasked with helping to make braces and retainers for orthodontists to use. While orthodontists typically perform the final shaping of appliances within patients' mouths, it is still important for dental technicians to properly match all molds and imaging to help reduce patients' discomfort and the time it takes for appliances to be placed.
Most dental technicians work into this field by attending specialized technical schools after high school graduation. Typically, a dental technician will then apply for work with dental labs and prosthetic manufacturers. Those in this position can expect to work regular business hours during the week in a laboratory manufacturing environment.
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.
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.