How much money do dental technicians make?

How much money do dental technicians make?

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 & 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.


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  1. nwaozor valentine  May 7, 2013

    Sir,i am a registered dental technologist in nigeria but i want to relocate to australia because i want to learn more and improve on what i already know in my field.

  2. Rohit Rana  July 16, 2014

    Sir I am working as a dental technician in india having experience of 13 year want to wonk in australia to achieve something new and want to explode myself in dental lab work please guide me how to do that I will be very thankful to you


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