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Denturists are dental specialists who build and fix full or partial dentures and other dental appliances using models and molds of a patient's mouth. They are also known as dental laboratory technicians. Denturists earn almost $40,000 per year, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dental laboratory technicians earn average wages of $18.12 per hour or $37,690 per year, according to May 2009 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reports that median wages for this occupation were $16.74 hourly or $34,820 annually. Yearly salaries range from $21,370 or less for the bottom 10 percent of earners to $58,390 or more for the highest-paid 10 percent in this occupation.
Only two industries employed more than 1,000 dental laboratory technicians in May 2009, according to the BLS: medical equipment supplies and manufacturing, which was the biggest industry, providing 33,620 jobs, and dentists' offices, which employed 5,580 denturists. Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing paid an average annual salary of $37,510, while the average in dentists' offices was $37,130. These were the fourth- and fifth-highest-paying industries for this occupation.
Territories and states with average annual incomes of more than $50,000 for dental laboratory technicians included the District of Columbia, at $62,840 per year, along with Alaska, where they made $54,790 per year, and Montana, with an average annual salary of $52,420. The five highest-paying cities for this occupation, according to the BLS, were Topeka, Kansas; Anchorage, Alaska; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California; Framingham, Massachusetts; and Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York. All paid average annual salaries above $50,000.
A professional writer since 1997, Ian Graham has created educational guidebooks, English as a second language learning tools and interesting facts for the Web. He graduated from the University of Victoria's Department of Writing and currently works as a reporter and photographer for a twice-weekly newspaper north of the 55th parallel.