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 – $48,000.

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 Halifax, Nova Scotia at $18.00 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 17.00 21.25 29.002016
Moncton / Richibucto – New Brunswick 15.0019.75 33.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 15.9118.0029.912016
Ottawa – Ontario16.0020.0026.972016
Toronto Region – Ontario 15.0019.2326.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario16.0020.0026.972016
Windsor / Sarnia Region – Ontario 15.5019.2524.002016
Montreal – Quebec 16.0020.0027.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar Region – Saskatchewan 21.0025.2431.242016
Prince Edward Island 15.0018.7529.912016
Calgary – Alberta*17.9725.9233.612017
Edmonton – Alberta*28.0030.0033.612017
Vancouver Lower Mainland / Southwest Region – British Columbia 21.0024.0438.462016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for assisting occupations in health, which includes dental assistants, is $21.32. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $760, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $40,000.


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
Nurse Aides/Orderlies

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