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 $56.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick and Montreal, Quebec at $30.00 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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 52.00 56.00 61.59 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 49.45 54.00 61.00 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 33.65 42.00 48.00 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.65 40.60 50.00 2018
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 19.33 30.00 35.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 30.00 33.00 38.46 2018
Toronto – Ontario 19.00 37.00 42.00 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 20.00 36.00 42.00 2018
London – Ontario 20.00 36.00 42.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 34.00 40.00 45.00 2018
Prince Edward Island 21.00 33.50 38.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 20.00 30.00 37.00 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 32.00 42.00 50.48 2018

Methodology*

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 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes dental hygienists and dental therapists, is $29.87. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,094 giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $57,000.

Visa

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

These occupations may also be of interest:

Dental Assistants
Dental Technologists
Dentists
Medical Laboratory Technologists

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