Dental Hygienist Salary Canada

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Average Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3222.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: dental hygienist, dental nurse and dental therapist.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $80,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $57.67 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $31.25 per hour.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill job vacancies in these occupations for the near future.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*29.0057.6760.732017
Edmonton – Alberta*30.0051.5058.682017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 21.5740.0045.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 33.00 40.72 52.00 2016
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 25.0033.00 36.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia31.0033.1540.002016
Toronto – Ontario 22.0040.0044.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 24.0036.0044.002016
London – Ontario 30.0034.0038.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 24.0036.0044.002016
Prince Edward Island26.0033.0043.002016
Montreal – Quebec26.00 31.2536.402016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan35.0041.0059.072016


Dental hygienists may perform some of the following duties:
›› Educating patients on how to improve and maintain their oral health
›› Removing stains and deposits from teeth
›› Taking and developing X-rays
›› Applying fluoride treatment
Dental therapists may perform some of the following duties:
›› Examining the oral condition of the mouth and teeth
›› Performing routine dental treatment such as drilling and filling cavities and tooth extraction
›› Taking dental impressions
›› Taking and developing X-rays
Comparison with employment unit

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes dental hygienists and dental therapists, is $28.23. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1005, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $52,000.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Dental Assistants
Dental Technologists
Medical Laboratory Technologists

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