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Dental Career Earnings

Dental Career Earnings

 DENTIST:

    The median annual income for the salaries of dentists was $136,960 in May 2006. This amount varies depending on the number of years they have in practice, location, hours worked, and specialty. Dentists who work independently in private practice tend to earn more than the salaried dentists.

    Employees dentists are the ones who often receive benefits paid by their employer such as health insurance and malpractice insurance. In the other hand, self-employed dentists must provide their own health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and other benefits.

 DENTAL ASSISTANT:

    The median hourly earnings of dental assistants were $14.53 in May 2006. The average 50% earned between $11.94 and $17.44 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $9.87, and the highest 10% earned more than $20.69 per hour.

    Benefits vary substantially in the establishment and the practice might depend on a full-time job. According to the American Dental Association, 87% of dentists offer reimbursement for education courses taken by their assistants.

 DENTAL HYGIENIST:

    The median hourly earnings of dental hygienists were $30.19 in May 2006. The average 50% earned between $24.63 and $35.67 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $19.45, and the highest 10% earned more than $41.60 per hour.

    The amount varies by geographic location, the setting of employment, and years of experience. Dental Hygienists can be paid by the hour, day, salary or commission.

    Benefits vary substantially in the establishment and the practice might depend on a full-time job. According to the American Dental Association, 86% of hygienists receive hospital and medical benefits.

 DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN:

    The median income per hour in wages and salaries for technicians medical apparatus were $14.99 in May 2006. The average 50% earned between $11.34 and $19.65 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $8.93, and the highest 10% earned more than $27.00 per hour.

    The median income hourly wages and salaries of dental laboratory technicians were $15.67 in May 2006. The average 50% earned between $11.61 and $20.57 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $9.16, and the highest 10% earned more than $26.13 an hour.
    In the two industries that employ most dental laboratory technicians are the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing; and offices of dentists. The median hourly earnings were $15.09 and $17.74, respectively.

    The median hourly earnings of wage and salary for ophthalmic lab technicians were $12.24 in May 2006. The average 50% earned between $9.86 and $15.82 per hour. The lowest 10% earned less than $8.38, and the highest 10% earned more than $19.98 per hour.
    The median hourly earnings were $11.63 in the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing; while it was $11.49 in health and personal care stores. Both are the two industries that employ most of ophthalmic lab technicians.