Dental Technician Salary

Median pay for Dental Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.12 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While nearly one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. The majority of Dental Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,111 - $71,000
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,404
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$11.10 - $24.07
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,111 - $71,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
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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$23,653 - $59,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $24.07  
   
Overtime
$13.68 - $36.95  
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 - $2,576  
   
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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$23,653 - $59,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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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Dental Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Certified Dental Technician. The latter position pays an average of $45K annually.

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Dental Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CAD/CAM.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Dental Technicians. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Dental Technicians bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 25%

National Average
$37,000

CAD/CAM
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 32%
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