Dental Technician Salary

For Dental Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.54 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men working as Dental Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Some workers in this field — about one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by about two in five. The majority of Dental Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$23,731 - $74,510
$24K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,093
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50%
90%

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$11.59 - $25.15
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.36
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$0$74K
Salary $23,731 - $74,510
Bonus $100.33 - $3,091
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$24,300 - $60,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.59 - $25.15
Hourly Tips $0.74
Overtime $15.13 - $38.27
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $100.33 - $3,091
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$24,300 - $60,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 358

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Job Description for Dental Technician

When a dentist must remedy a patient's situation with prosthetic or orthodontic appliances, he/she typically turns to a dental technician for assistance. Dental technicians use molds, models, and images of patients to build dentures and partial bridges, as well as specialized orthodontic insertions to help articulate patients' teeth. These technicians typically work for companies which create these materials and appliances in manufacturing labs.

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Dental Technician Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Dental Technician


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Dental Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Certified Dental Technician, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $45K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Technician

Pay by Experience for a Dental Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 191 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Dental Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 149 salaries. A Dental 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 113 salaries.

Dental Technician Reviews

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

Dental Technician in Manchester:
"I enjoy my job and I'm great at it, however I feel I'm being."
Pros: I enjoy the duties of my job, my days go by fast even the 12 hour days.
Cons: Not enough teamwork and pay rate.

Dental Technician in Santa Rosa:
"Less stress than dentist office."
Pros: I don't have to talk to the customer. I have a flexibility with hours a little.
Cons: I am being paid minimum wage.

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Key Stats for Dental Technician

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Dental Technician Salaries

▲32%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Dental Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲27%

ceramist
▲13%

dentures
▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$37,000

waxer
▼4%

Casting
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 34%
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