Orthodontic Technician Salary

Orthodontic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $16.62 per hour on average. Most Orthodontic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Orthodontic Technicians (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately two in five, and slightly less than a fourth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,000 - $45,000
$39K
MEDIAN: $39,381
50%

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$12.91 - $22.28
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$39,381  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $1,495  
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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$27,534 - $47,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $32.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$242.40 - $1,495  
   
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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$27,534 - $47,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthodontic Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Orthodontic Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $32K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $35K. Orthodontic Technicians see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Orthodontic Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

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Key Stats for Orthodontic Technician

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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