How much money do dental technicians make?

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in 2010. Current wages are slightly higher than stated due to inflation.  Please check the links at the bottom of the page for more current information.

Dental technicians create crowns, bridges and dentures after receiving an impression of the patient’s teeth from a dentist.  There are three main departments in a dental lab: Crown nad Bridge, Porcelain, and Dentures. Some dental technicians attend a 2 year school before working in a dental lab.  However, the majority of training occurs on-the-job and through courses.

Average Annual Wage

The average annual income for dental technicians, as of May 2010, was $37,980.  This corresponds to an average hourly wage of $18.26 per hour.  These figures are based off of the 38,360 reported dental lab technicians.

National Wage Range

The difference between the highest and lowest earning technicians is almost $40,000.  Reported incomes ranged from $20,940 annually to $58,560.

Beginner Technician Wage

Experience and skill level is a major factor in dental technician salary.  Based on LMT’s 2012 wage survey beginner technician wages range anywhere from $20,945 to $31,283, depending on job function.  By beginner technician, is a dental technician with up to 2 years experience.

After 5 years, the average technician wage jumps up to $29,827 to $46,904, depending on the specific technician job function.

For more information on becoming a dental technician see our dental technician courses section or contact any dental technology school.

Ed: Following are some more recent references.

Glassdoor 2020

ZipRecruiter 2020

InDeed 2020

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