Average Orthodontic Technicians in the United States make around $16.34 per hour. Most Orthodontic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Orthodontic Technicians (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Over a third enjoy medical while one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-tenth. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,340 - $45,781
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MEDIAN: $40,000
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$12.79 - $21.93
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$40,000  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$27,305 - $47,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $32.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$225.00 - $1,500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,305 - $47,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Orthodontic Technician

Orthodontic technicians help design and create custom appliances used to straighten and align patients' teeth. Using molds and other images, the technician follows an orthodontist's instructions to shape and assemble appliances; these typically are in pre-designed sizes and shapes, but require intricate computer-aided milling, cutting and shaping to ensure a proper fit for each patient's mouth and needs. The technician must work carefully during this process and possess an excellent eye for detail and accuracy.

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Orthodontic Technician Tasks

  • Construct and repair appliances for straightening teeth.
  • Create and perform work according to orthodontic prescription.
  • Assemble metal and plastic orthodontic appliances.
  • Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
  • Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Technician

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


For Orthodontic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. Orthodontic Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Orthodontic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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