Dental Lab Technician Salary


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics May 2009 report, the average annual salary for a dental lab technician was $37,690 or an hourly wage of $18.12. The median hourly wage was slightly less at $16.74 with the 10th percentile making $10.27 or lower and the 90th percentile making over $28.07. This shows the range of income that dental lab technicians can make. The annual mean salary for the majority of dental laboratory technicians employed at medical equipment manufacturing companies and offices of dentists was right around the national average. Those that worked in education facilities had an average of $44,270 and those that worked in federal facilities had the highest pay at $53,090.

A dental lab technician’s salary varies on geographical location, experience, and the industry of employment.  Dental laboratory technicians can work in a variety of settings including large laboratories, dentist offices, hospitals, educational facilities, manufacturing companies, sales, and even their own lab.  Dental lab technicians that become lab managers or become educators can make more. Those that become sales representatives, hold other positions like sales, research, and marketing in dental supplies and manufacturing companies, or operate their own laboratory can make some of the highest income.

Locations also makes a huge different in how much a dental lab technician makes and the table below shows the huge variety between some states. For example the District of Columbia had the highest median hourly wage at $30.21 which in contrast to Delaware’s amount of $13.27 is much greater. The majority of states had a median hourly wage over $15.00. The chart below can be used to determine the possible hourly wage of dental lab technicians in each state but other factors still affect individual pay.

Dental Lab Technician Salary by State

Occupation: Dental Laboratory Technicians
Period: May 2009

Area name Employment(1) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Alabama

850 $16.59 $34,510

Alaska

80 $26.34 $54,790

Arizona

800 $15.67 $32,580

Arkansas

370 $16.85 $35,050

California

4130 $19.46 $40,470

Colorado

590 $19.29 $40,120

Connecticut

390 $20.27 $42,160

Delaware

390 $13.27 $27,610

D.C.

70 $30.21 $62,840

Florida

3230 $16.88 $35,110

Georgia

1100 $18.68 $38,850

Hawaii

170 $18.24 $37,930

Idaho

250 $17.26 $35,900

Illinois

1270 $18.14 $37,730

Indiana

1270 $16.71 $34,750

Iowa

470 $18.46 $38,400

Kansas

550 $16.39 $34,090

Kentucky

440 $18.16 $37,770

Louisiana

620 $13.86 $28,840

Maine

180 $17.69 $36,790

Maryland

540 $18.73 $38,950

Massachusetts

860 $22.66 $47,130

Michigan

1680 $17.50 $36,400

Minnesota

1180 $22.50 $46,800

Mississippi

240 $14.97 $31,140

Missouri

1080 $18.55 $38,590

Montana

(8)- $25.20 $52,420

Nebraska

210 $18.31 $38,090

Nevada

190 $18.18 $37,800

New Hampshire

160 $18.75 $39,000

New Jersey

960 $19.57 $40,710

New Mexico

120 $16.06 $33,400

New York

2480 $17.80 $37,030

North Carolina

1210 $17.78 $36,970

North Dakota

180 $14.45 $30,050

Ohio

1580 $17.50 $36,390

Oklahoma

320 $15.69 $32,640

Oregon

1040 $18.77 $39,040

Pennsylvania

1520 $19.21 $39,960

Puerto Rico

80 $8.36 $17,380

Rhode Island

80 $14.57 $30,310

South Carolina

240 $16.65 $34,640

South Dakota

110 $13.28 $27,630

Tennessee

810 $16.31 $33,930

Texas

2130 $16.03 $33,340

Utah

970 $20.44 $42,510

Vermont

130 $16.35 $34,010

Virginia

970 $19.60 $40,780

Washington

1080 $19.61 $40,800

West Virginia

130 $14.38 $29,900

Wisconsin

920 $17.62 $36,640

Footnotes:

Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2,080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

Estimate not released..