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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 35035$27.50/hr$16.09/hr$20.08/hr$25.77/hr$32.45/hr$36.61/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing570$25.25/hr
Education and Health Services30$21.54/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$23.55/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$23.59/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$19.39/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$30.60/hr18.2%
Northwest Minnesota 40$24.03/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$24.03/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$23.61/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 100$24.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 110$24.17/hr10.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 350$25.77/hr15.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 380$25.68/hrN/A
Minnesota 610$25.24/hr14.9%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Medical Appliance Technicians 360$25.65/hr10.7%
Prepress Technicians and Workers 1,020$24.39/hr-16.4%
Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 1,260$30.74/hrN/A


  • 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.
  • Apply porcelain paste or wax over prosthesis frameworks or setups, using brushes and spatulas.
  • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.
  • Build and shape wax teeth, using small hand instruments and information from observations or dentists' specifications.
  • 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.
  • Prepare metal surfaces for bonding with porcelain to create artificial teeth, using small hand tools.
  • Load newly constructed teeth into porcelain furnaces to bake the porcelain onto the metal framework.
  • Load newly constructed teeth into porcelain furnaces to bake the porcelain onto the metal framework.