Orthodontic Technician Salary

Orthodontic Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $16.85 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Orthodontic Technicians. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in seven collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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.


Orthodontic Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Orthodontic Technicians make a median salary of $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $41K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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