Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9081 Dental Laboratory Technicians

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances. Excludes "Dental Assistants" (31-9091).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,790 2.5 % $18.91 $39,320 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.26 $13.29 $17.35 $22.80 $29.46
Annual Wage (2) $21,330 $27,640 $36,090 $47,430 $61,280


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 30,230 9.81 $18.56 $38,610
Offices of Dentists 4,980 0.59 $19.71 $41,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $25.98 $54,040
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.07 $21.22 $44,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 0.00 $20.15 $41,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 30,230 9.81 $18.56 $38,610
Offices of Dentists 4,980 0.59 $19.71 $41,000
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.07 $21.22 $44,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $25.98 $54,040
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $24.31 $50,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $29.77 $61,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $25.98 $54,040
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $24.31 $50,570
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.07 $21.22 $44,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $20.15 $41,910


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,170 0.29 1.03 $21.03 $43,730
Florida 2,650 0.36 1.29 $18.05 $37,530
Texas 2,520 0.24 0.84 $17.47 $36,340
New York 2,300 0.27 0.95 $19.92 $41,440
Michigan 1,630 0.42 1.48 $19.29 $40,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 780 0.59 2.08 $18.27 $38,010
North Dakota 230 0.57 2.02 $17.27 $35,920
Utah 660 0.55 1.94 $18.53 $38,530
Wisconsin 1,300 0.49 1.72 $19.40 $40,350
Arizona 1,190 0.49 1.75 $16.76 $34,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 60 0.20 0.72 $25.53 $53,100
Massachusetts 660 0.21 0.73 $25.38 $52,780
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.25 $25.34 $52,720
Montana 160 0.38 1.34 $22.45 $46,710
Nevada 120 0.11 0.38 $22.00 $45,770





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.32 1.14 $24.26 $50,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 940 0.54 1.91 $17.12 $35,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.17 0.62 $19.67 $40,910
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 700 0.57 2.02 $22.29 $46,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 670 0.30 1.05 $18.53 $38,530
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.18 0.62 $17.78 $36,990
Kansas City, MO-KS 640 0.66 2.33 $19.20 $39,930
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 570 0.50 1.79 $19.88 $41,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.32 1.13 $20.80 $43,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.39 1.36 $20.49 $42,620




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, GA 180 2.57 9.10 $17.56 $36,520
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 100 2.38 8.43 $12.32 $25,620
Dubuque, IA 90 1.55 5.48 $14.27 $29,690
Fargo, ND-MN 190 1.51 5.34 $17.25 $35,880
Huntsville, AL 280 1.38 4.87 $17.16 $35,680
Wichita Falls, TX 60 0.99 3.51 $15.42 $32,070
Green Bay, WI 160 0.99 3.50 $17.53 $36,470
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.97 3.42 $17.90 $37,240
Provo-Orem, UT 160 0.90 3.17 $21.64 $45,010
Waco, TX 90 0.86 3.03 $22.70 $47,210




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.65 2.29 $30.09 $62,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.24 0.86 $28.16 $58,580
Naples-Marco Island, FL 30 0.27 0.97 $26.71 $55,550
Anchorage, AK 60 0.37 1.32 $25.53 $53,100
Appleton, WI 80 0.68 2.40 $25.47 $52,970
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.50 1.78 $24.45 $50,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.32 1.14 $24.26 $50,450
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 40 0.36 1.28 $24.22 $50,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 80 0.48 1.71 $24.08 $50,090
Modesto, CA 50 0.32 1.15 $23.86 $49,620

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.30 1.05 $17.78 $36,980
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 2.53 $20.48 $42,590
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.53 $15.59 $32,430
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.21 $19.00 $39,520
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 0.74 $17.51 $36,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 2.53 $20.48 $42,590
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 1.53 $15.59 $32,430
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.52 $28.66 $59,620
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.42 $18.17 $37,780
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.21 $19.00 $39,520

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.52 $28.66 $59,620
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.15 $50,230
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 2.53 $20.48 $42,590
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.20 $42,010
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.77 $19.27 $40,070


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) 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.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013