Dental Laboratory Technician Salary

dental-technician-salary-chart.jpgDental laboratory technicians are professionals who make dentures, bridges and other dental prostheses. As of May 2012, 36,790 people worked as dental laboratory technicians.

Salaries

The mean annual salary of a dental laboratory technician is $39,320. The lowest 10 percentile of dental lab technicians make $21,330, while the top ten percentile makes $61,280. Most dental lab technicians work in industries that manufacture medical supplies and equipment. Others work in dentist's offices, while other work in the executive branch of the Federal government. Others work for businesses that make wholesale professional and commercial supplies while others work for colleges, universities and vocational schools.

The top paying industries for dental lab technicians are medical and diagnostic labs. Other top paying jobs are found in the Federal government and the offices of health professionals other than dentists. A dental laboratory technician can make $61,920 a year in a medical/diagnostic lab.

Location

Most dental lab technicians work in California. That’s also where they enjoy the highest salaries. The 4,170 dental lab technicians who work in California earn an annual mean wage of $43,730. The next state is Florida, with 2,650 technicians who make on average $37,530 per year. 2,520 technicians who work in Texas make on average $36,340 a year; dental lab technicians who work in New York number 2,300 and make $41,440 a year on average, while the 1,630 technicians who work in Michigan earn $40,130 on average.

Job Outlook

The job prospects for dental laboratory technicians is expected to increase 7 percent between now and 2022, which is slower than average.

Dental Laboratory Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $20,910 $32,950 $50,230 $34,540
Alaska $36,940 $53,630 $61,190 $53,100
Arizona $17,480 $32,720 $59,630 $34,850
Arkansas $21,490 $33,600 $54,150 $35,750
California $23,450 $39,350 $72,100 $43,730
Colorado $25,400 $39,310 $67,440 $43,560
Connecticut $22,890 $36,120 $72,250 $43,140
Delaware $28,300 $36,520 $61,330 $39,700
Florida $21,300 $34,570 $58,070 $37,530
Georgia $21,320 $34,990 $57,840 $37,780
Hawaii $18,460 $38,410 $73,110 $41,920
Idaho $19,900 $29,400 $77,350 $37,290
Illinois $19,580 $37,340 $53,160 $36,550
Indiana $24,690 $35,320 $55,600 $38,220
Iowa $21,280 $33,970 $54,110 $36,750
Kansas $23,590 $35,500 $55,580 $38,010
Kentucky $24,820 $40,700 $64,690 $41,650
Louisiana $21,340 $28,820 $44,050 $30,880
Maine $26,090 $33,930 $55,580 $37,810
Maryland $18,810 $41,250 $68,640 $43,180
Massachusetts $27,880 $53,460 $77,510 $52,780
Michigan $22,460 $37,810 $58,730 $40,130
Minnesota $22,690 $41,150 $60,910 $40,720
Mississippi $17,930 $29,960 $45,440 $30,660
Missouri $19,400 $31,690 $51,560 $34,060
Montana $22,750 $37,050 $73,000 $46,710
Nebraska $21,280 $35,730 $56,460 $37,530
Nevada $26,590 $38,800 $90,270 $45,770
New Hampshire $25,530 $34,980 $59,030 $38,100
New Jersey $22,580 $37,420 $58,670 $39,130
New Mexico $24,690 $39,080 $61,680 $41,140
New York $22,660 $39,060 $64,860 $41,440
North Carolina $22,770 $36,510 $58,290 $38,360
North Dakota $21,130 $33,380 $55,010 $35,920
Ohio $22,040 $34,670 $62,500 $40,010
Oklahoma $18,620 $29,530 $54,280 $32,970
Oregon $22,540 $35,130 $57,630 $38,150
Pennsylvania $22,720 $36,520 $54,660 $37,720
South Carolina $20,660 $34,560 $53,420 $35,690
South Dakota $23,570 $30,730 $42,290 $31,810
Tennessee $21,130 $32,290 $61,120 $37,440
Texas $17,820 $32,750 $58,900 $36,340
Utah $22,370 $34,590 $64,690 $38,530
Virginia $23,680 $37,890 $55,410 $39,150
Washington $25,280 $41,060 $64,900 $43,300
West Virginia $19,850 $27,570 $60,550 $34,500
Wisconsin $24,600 $37,150 $66,010 $40,350