Orthodontic Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Orthodontic Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.60 per hour. For the most part, Orthodontic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two in five, and just over one in five earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$12.87 - $22.43
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MEDIAN: $16.60
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $22.43  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $32.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$242.40 - $1,495  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,555 - $47,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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

Pay by Experience for an Orthodontic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Orthodontic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Orthodontic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Orthodontic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 32 salaries. An Orthodontic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 18 salaries.

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Key Stats for Orthodontic Technician

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Orthodontic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲14%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 57%