Dental Assistant Salary Canada

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Average Dental Assistant Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Dental Assistants.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3411.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: certified dental assistant and registered dental assistant.

Currently, this occupation is not an eligible occupation for the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $38,000 – $48,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $29.40 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $16.83 per hour.

Employment prospects for dental assistants have weakened in Canada in the last few years. The government forecasts that this occupation will have a labour surplus.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Dental Assistants in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 20.00 29.002014
Moncton / Richibucto – New Brunswick 15.0019.25 25.002014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 16.4322.0023.002014
Ottawa – Ontario17.0021.0024.562014
Toronto Region – Ontario 13.0018.0024.002014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 14.0019.0026.002014
Prince Edward Island 13.0016.8319.002014
Montreal – Quebec 15.3019.0024.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar Region – Saskatchewan 22.0024.5029.672014
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 15.0019.2523.002014
Calgary – Alberta*16.5028.0735.442015
Edmonton – Alberta*15.8929.4035.752015
Vancouver Lower Mainland / Southwest Region – British Columbia 17.8524.0030.002014


Dental assistants may do some of the following:
›› Preparing patients for treatment and assisting the dentist during treatment
›› Mixing materials for fillings
›› Sterilising and maintaining instruments and equipment
›› Taking and developing X-rays
›› Performing clerical duties such as ordering dental and office supplies
Comparison with employment group

The largest sector of employment for dental assistants is health care and social assistance. The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for assisting occupations in health, which includes dental assistants, is $19.94. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $718, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $37,000.


Licensing is not mandatory, but is required to perform intra-oral duties in all provinces except Quebec.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Dental Hygienists/Therapists
Dental Technologists
Nurse Aides/Orderlies

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