Dental Technician Salary

An average Dental Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.35 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Dental Technicians is high. Men make up a slight majority of Dental Technicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,753 - $70,325
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$24K
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MEDIAN: $40,694
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$11.19 - $24.57
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$11
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,753 - $70,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$23,641 - $58,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
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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$23,641 - $58,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Technician


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At the upper end, Dental Technicians who move into a Certified Dental Technician role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Certified Dental Technicians is a much higher $45K per year.

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Dental Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Computer Aided Design and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. On average, Dental Technicians make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $46K.

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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 27%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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