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    The latest hourly and annual salary numbers for dental lab technicians

    Looking at the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics – and what it means to you

    Ideally, we see our dentists twice a year – just for cleanings and incident-free checkups. Regrettably, there are times when more work is required, and in some cases, crowns, bridges and maybe even dentures are needed.

    In those instances, another member of the dental team gets involved, and it’s a member the patient never sees: The dental lab technician. While there were more than 100,000 dentists and 205,000 hygienists in 2016, there were only 37,110 dental lab technicians creating those restorations.

    While there is plenty of work to go around, the business of working for a dental lab is very dynamic right now. There is a lot of change happening in the industry and it will continue to have an affect on lab technicians.

    Related reading: What lab technicians were making two years ago—and how that differs from today

    How much money is everyone making?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 the mean annual wage was $40,760, or $19.59 per hour. 

    That is a slight increase over 2014 when lab techs earned an average of $40,140 – about 1.5 percent. There was growth, however. In 2014 there were 35,320 lab techs and 2016 saw a five percent growth up to 37,110.

    On the dental team, however, lab technicians made the second least. Dentists made the most with an average of $159,770, dental hygienists made $73,440 and dental assistants made $36,940.

    As earnings go, those technicians who work in a dentist’s office tend to make a little more than those who work in a traditional lab setting – $41,910 versus $40,070. Interestingly, the 540 of lab technicians who work for the Federal Executive Branch made considerably more than the national average -- $55,980 per year.

    Salaries differ, of course, depending on where the technician is employed, so let’s take a look at where the most money is being made – and who isn’t as fortunate.



    Next: Where lab technicians are making the most

    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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