Dental Assistant Salary Canada

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Average Dental Assistant Salary in Canada

The table below 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.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $38,000 – $52,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $30.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $19.10 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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Winnipeg – Manitoba 17.00 21.35 28.21 2018
Fredericton – New Brunswick 15.00 21.00 26.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 19.28 21.00 25.00 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 17.00 22.50 31.00 2018
Toronto Region – Ontario 14.00 21.43 30.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 18.75 22.54 27.47 2018
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 15.00 20.95 30.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 15.00 20.00 26.40 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar Region – Saskatchewan 21.00 27.00 35.00 2018
Prince Edward Island 16.00 19.10 26.80 2018
Calgary – Alberta* 25.33 28.13 33.00 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 19.50 30.00 36.20 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 20.00 26.00 30.00 2018

Methodology

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 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for assisting occupations in health, which includes dental assistants, is $21.39. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $780, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $40,500.

Licensing

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

Number in employment

There are over 30,000 dental assistants working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Dental Hygienists/Therapists
Dental Technologists
Dentists
Nurse Aides/Orderlies

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