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Dental Technician Salary

Pay for Dental Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.95 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Dental Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dental Technicians making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$24,328 - $71,425
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$11.05 - $23.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,328 - $71,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
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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$23,554 - $59,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $23.55  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
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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$23,554 - $59,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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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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Dental Technicians may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Certified Dental Technician. The median pay for Certified Dental Technicians is $45K annually.

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Dental Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. CAD/CAM and Computer Aided Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Dental Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

CAD/CAM
up arrow 18%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 9%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 29%