Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9081 Dental Laboratory Technicians



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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 6015$24.96/hr$13.70/hr$19.81/hr$23.55/hr$29.89/hr$38.85/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing630$20.58/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services90$19.14/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/A$21.61/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A$18.83/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$20.47/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$21.90/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$20.46/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 20$20.47/hr10.5%
Northeast Balance of State 20$17.54/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$17.54/hr-5.0%
Southeast Minnesota 60$23.55/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 490$19.90/hr14.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 500$19.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 730$20.37/hr13.6%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 230$18.33/hr3.4%
Medical Appliance Technicians 430$24.61/hr7.8%
Prepress Technicians and Workers 1,190$25.22/hr-21.7%


  • Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
  • Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
  • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.
  • Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient's jaw to evaluate functionality of model.
  • Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
  • Create a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set.
  • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
  • Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
  • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
  • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.