Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Dental Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $17.41 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Dental Laboratory Technicians spread between $25K and $62K depending on individual performance. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Although around one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Men working as Dental Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Job satisfaction for Dental Laboratory Technicians is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,720 - $71,453
$30K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,477
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50%
90%

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$11.60 - $26.41
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.54
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$0$71K
Salary $29,720 - $71,453
Bonus $193.92 - $7,016
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $5,068
Commission $2,000
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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$25,047 - $62,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $11.60 - $26.41
Hourly Tips $0.94
Overtime $17.01 - $40.26
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $193.92 - $7,016
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $5,068
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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$25,047 - $62,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 535

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Job Description for Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental laboratory technicians are responsible for many "behind-the-scenes" tasks in a dental office or laboratory. They are primarily responsible for the production of dentures, crowns, bridges, and other highly detailed dental repair work. This involves the complete production process, including pouring, trimming, beveling, and sectioning the repair prosthesis. They make adjustments and repairs to existing structures. Dental laboratory technicians often work with modern dental computer software in the design and construction of complicated dental structures. Oversight of orders and transport to outside facilities may be required for certain positions in which the work cannot be performed in-house.

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Dental Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
  • Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances according to dental prescription.
  • Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
  • Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
  • Verify the conformance to prescriptions specs by using articulator.

Common Career Paths for Dental Laboratory Technician


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Dental Laboratory Technicians who move on to become Dental Technician Supervisors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $45K. A Dental Technician role is the most common promotion for Dental Laboratory Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $37K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Dental Laboratory Technicians is a Dental Ceramist position, where earnings are usually $44K.

Dental Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Laboratory Technician


For Dental Laboratory Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Aspen Dental; in fact, average earnings are around $48K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($30K versus $77K) is great.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Dental Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 254 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 159 salaries. An experienced Dental Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 206 salaries. A Dental Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 200 salaries.

Dental Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Laboratory Technician?

Dental Laboratory Technician in Delray Beach:
Pros: People I work with are great and I'm vary appreciated.
Cons:

Dental Laboratory Technician in Tucson:
"It's sometimes boring, but most of the time I love my work."
Pros: I love that I am creating prosthetics that make patients feel better about themselves. I understand how much a person's smile means to them... It can open up a whole new world of interaction & confidence. I love helping to make those smiles a reality. Sounds cheezy, but that is why I got into this field. Who needs sculptures that cost $$$, when that same person can find joy/comfort in the mirror w/perfect smiles?
Cons: I really don't enjoy this trend of 'bleached-white teeth'. It's so silly for the youngest of us, but really is very hard to sell to older folks that must have them. It looks so awful. I'm not sure I could ever in good conscience let an older client go for those awful bleach shades. That's the only thing I hate- because the customer/Dr. Is always right. Even when they're not.

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Key Stats for Dental Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$40,000

▼7%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Dental Laboratory Technician Salaries

ceramics
▲52%

implants
▲21%

Crown and Bridge
▲20%

Removable
▲7%

▲6%

ceramist
▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

dentures
▼7%

Casting
▼14%

Waxing
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 34%
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