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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9081 Dental Laboratory Technicians

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


National estimates for Dental Laboratory Technicians
Industry profile for Dental Laboratory Technicians
Geographic profile for Dental Laboratory Technicians

National estimates for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
34,150 2.6 % $ 22.75 $ 47,320 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.23 $ 17.39 $ 22.00 $ 27.76 $ 34.49
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,600 $ 36,160 $ 45,770 $ 57,730 $ 71,740


Industry profile for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 29,000 9.12 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Offices of Dentists 4,000 0.41 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 500 0.02 $ 30.14 $ 62,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 0.00 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Offices of Physicians 70 0.00 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 29,000 9.12 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Offices of Dentists 4,000 0.41 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 500 0.02 $ 30.14 $ 62,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 0.00 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Offices of Physicians 70 0.00 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 500 0.02 $ 30.14 $ 62,690
Offices of Dentists 4,000 0.41 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 29,000 9.12 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $ 22.30 $ 46,390


Geographic profile for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

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



Map of employment of dental laboratory technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,130 0.25 1.03 $ 22.46 $ 46,730
Florida 2,670 0.31 1.28 $ 23.26 $ 48,390
New York 2,440 0.28 1.16 $ 28.31 $ 58,890
Texas 1,690 0.14 0.57 $ 21.76 $ 45,250
Illinois 1,340 0.24 0.98 $ 24.65 $ 51,280


Map of location quotient of dental laboratory technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 770 0.64 2.66 $ 21.38 $ 44,470
Utah 900 0.58 2.40 $ 23.81 $ 49,530
Alabama 1,000 0.52 2.13 $ 19.19 $ 39,910
Idaho 310 0.41 1.67 $ 23.04 $ 47,920
Nebraska 370 0.39 1.59 $ 20.69 $ 43,020


Map of annual mean wages of dental laboratory technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,440 0.28 1.16 $ 28.31 $ 58,890
Alaska 50 0.19 0.76 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $ 26.81 $ 55,760
New Jersey 460 0.12 0.49 $ 26.47 $ 55,060
Washington 790 0.25 1.02 $ 24.83 $ 51,650



Map of employment of dental laboratory technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,280 0.40 1.65 $ 22.61 $ 47,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,630 0.19 0.78 $ 32.56 $ 67,730
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 960 0.23 0.93 $ 25.39 $ 52,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 850 0.34 1.42 $ 22.72 $ 47,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 730 0.28 1.17 $ 21.72 $ 45,180
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 0.67 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 560 0.21 0.87 $ 23.26 $ 48,370
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 550 0.43 1.76 $ 23.39 $ 48,650
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 520 0.53 2.18 $ 17.44 $ 36,270
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 500 0.28 1.15 $ 22.66 $ 47,120


Map of location quotient of dental laboratory technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, GA 160 1.76 7.28 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Huntsville, AL 390 1.69 6.99 $ 17.97 $ 37,380
Auburn-Opelika, AL 100 1.64 6.76 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Corvallis, OR 50 1.42 5.84 $ 20.64 $ 42,920
St. Cloud, MN 100 1.02 4.19 $ 22.28 $ 46,330
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 50 0.91 3.77 $ 24.34 $ 50,620
Dothan, AL 50 0.91 3.77 $ 17.73 $ 36,880
Provo-Orem, UT 220 0.81 3.36 $ 23.78 $ 49,450
Chico, CA 60 0.79 3.27 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
Idaho Falls, ID 60 0.78 3.20 $ 28.63 $ 59,560


Map of annual mean wages of dental laboratory technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,630 0.19 0.78 $ 32.56 $ 67,730
Idaho Falls, ID 60 0.78 3.20 $ 28.63 $ 59,560
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 90 0.27 1.13 $ 26.51 $ 55,140
Raleigh, NC 60 0.09 0.39 $ 26.45 $ 55,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 0.52 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.31 1.29 $ 26.37 $ 54,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 490 0.26 1.05 $ 26.16 $ 54,420
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.14 0.58 $ 26.00 $ 54,090
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 80 0.41 1.68 $ 25.94 $ 53,960
Anchorage, AK 30 0.20 0.84 $ 25.86 $ 53,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 630 5.59 23.08 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.73 3.03 $ 22.48 $ 46,750
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.60 $ 20.39 $ 42,400
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 1.21 $ 20.04 $ 41,680
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.18 0.72 $ 23.23 $ 48,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 630 5.59 23.08 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.73 3.03 $ 22.48 $ 46,750
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 2.63 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 1.97 $ 12.12 $ 25,200
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 1.60 $ 20.39 $ 42,400

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Dental Laboratory Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 2.63 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.18 0.72 $ 23.23 $ 48,310
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.82 $ 22.92 $ 47,680
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.73 3.03 $ 22.48 $ 46,750
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.87 $ 21.87 $ 45,490


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022