Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
37,600 2.3 % $18.54 $38,550 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $13.16 $17.11 $22.25 $28.54
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $27,370 $35,590 $46,280 $59,360


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 31,280 10.24 $18.30 $38,050
Offices of Dentists 4,950 0.59 $18.81 $39,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $25.95 $53,980
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 410 0.07 $21.52 $44,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 0.00 $21.75 $45,250

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 31,280 10.24 $18.30 $38,050
Offices of Dentists 4,950 0.59 $18.81 $39,130
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 410 0.07 $21.52 $44,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $25.95 $53,980
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 50 0.01 $19.11 $39,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $25.95 $53,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $21.75 $45,250
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 410 0.07 $21.52 $44,750
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 50 0.01 $19.11 $39,760
Offices of Dentists 4,950 0.59 $18.81 $39,130


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 4,300 0.31 1.05 $19.49 $40,540
Florida 2,820 0.39 1.34 $17.76 $36,950
Texas 2,710 0.26 0.90 $16.73 $34,790
New York 2,650 0.32 1.07 $19.30 $40,140
Michigan 1,800 0.47 1.60 $18.92 $39,350




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)
Utah 720 0.62 2.12 $22.36 $46,510
Kansas 710 0.54 1.86 $17.42 $36,230
North Dakota 190 0.50 1.71 $15.79 $32,840
Oregon 770 0.49 1.66 $17.20 $35,780
Michigan 1,800 0.47 1.60 $18.92 $39,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.24 0.81 $28.33 $58,930
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $26.83 $55,810
Massachusetts 530 0.17 0.58 $24.47 $50,910
Utah 720 0.62 2.12 $22.36 $46,510
Montana 100 0.24 0.81 $21.79 $45,330





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 1,230 0.32 1.10 $19.41 $40,370
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 950 0.19 0.64 $19.77 $41,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 750 0.34 1.15 $17.80 $37,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 730 0.20 0.69 $19.60 $40,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 690 0.40 1.37 $22.48 $46,750
Kansas City, MO-KS 600 0.63 2.15 $18.73 $38,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 590 0.54 1.84 $19.49 $40,540
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 580 0.48 1.64 $21.00 $43,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 570 0.33 1.14 $17.41 $36,210
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 550 0.81 2.78 $18.66 $38,820




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 230 3.25 11.08 $18.64 $38,770
Dubuque, IA 90 1.62 5.52 $14.01 $29,140
Glens Falls, NY 80 1.46 4.97 $15.71 $32,690
Huntsville, AL 250 1.23 4.20 $16.81 $34,970
Green Bay, WI 200 1.23 4.21 $16.96 $35,280
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 50 1.22 4.16 $14.79 $30,770
Utica-Rome, NY 140 1.14 3.90 $13.14 $27,320
Fargo, ND-MN 140 1.14 3.89 $16.35 $34,010
Provo-Orem, UT 180 1.03 3.52 $22.02 $45,790
Bay City, MI 30 1.01 3.46 $14.46 $30,070




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)
Anchorage, AK 70 0.44 1.49 $28.32 $58,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $27.84 $57,910
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.39 1.32 $25.08 $52,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.12 0.43 $24.40 $50,760
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.33 $50,610
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 130 0.24 0.81 $24.23 $50,390
Salt Lake City, UT 350 0.59 2.00 $23.63 $49,150
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.25 0.84 $23.43 $48,730
Colorado Springs, CO 70 0.31 1.06 $23.07 $47,990
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.15 0.53 $23.06 $47,970

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.48 1.64 $16.07 $33,430
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.91 $12.42 $25,840
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 2.50 $20.21 $42,030
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.26 0.88 $17.72 $36,870
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 1.42 $14.76 $30,700

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 90 0.73 2.50 $20.21 $42,030
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.91 $12.42 $25,840
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 1.69 $16.99 $35,350
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.48 1.64 $16.07 $33,430
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 1.42 $14.76 $30,700

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)
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.90 $45,560
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 2.50 $20.21 $42,030
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.85 $19.82 $41,220
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.01 $19.61 $40,780
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.60 $38,690


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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