Hourly and annual salary numbers for dental laboratory technicians
Looking at the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—and what the data means for you.
Whether the millions of people who sit in a dentists’ chair each year know it or not, dental technicians are a key part of the workflow that gets restorations into their mouths. There are over 100,000 dentists in the United States—and yet, all of those implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and more come from only 35,320 dental technicians.
Those numbers are from the most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (and don’t reflect self-employed dental technicians, so the actual number is likely somewhat higher). The report drills down into some great data about the dental lab world. Want to know how much lab technicians make, on average? Want to know where most technicians call home? Want to know where dental technicians make the most? Read on …
How much are dental lab technicians making?
First, a quick look at the macro-level: In the United States, of the 35,320 people who identified as “dental laboratory technician,” the average annual wage was $40,140. That’s over $7,000 less than the national average yearly wage among all job-holders. On average, dental technicians made $19.30 per hour, which is more than three dollars less than the national average (at the top of the list, anesthesiologists made a stunning $118.42 per hour on average!).
Compared to the rest of the dental team, dental technicians fall somewhere near the middle- to lower-end. At the top, dentists make a little over $82 per hour on average (around $171,000 annually), while Dental Assistants make (on average) $17.43 per hour or $36,260 annually. Dental hygienists make more than dental technicians, with a hygienist making $34.60 per hour on average (which works out to $71,970 annually).
Interestingly, dental technicians who work in dentists’ offices make a bit more than the national average—$19.69 per hour ($40,960 annually). Technicians who work in a more traditional lab setting and say their industry is “medical equipment and supplies manufacturing” actually make less than the national average for dental technicians, at $19.03 per hour.
So where are dental technicians making the most money—and where are they just barely getting paid?
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