Orthodontic Technician Salary

Women account for the majority of Orthodontic Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.85 per hour. Most Orthodontic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and approximately one-seventh earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12.24 - $22.40
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $31.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,197 - $47,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Orthodontic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Orthodontic Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

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Experience Affects Orthodontic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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