Dentist Salary Canada

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Average Dentist Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Dentists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3113.

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

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: dentist, endodontist, orthodontist and periodontist.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $120,000 – $240,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatchewan at $96.15 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest, British Columbia at $38.59 per hour.

Employment prospects for dentists are very good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand for dentists will increase for the near future.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Dentists in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta(2) 33.72 64.08 143.63 2011
Edmonton – Alberta(2) 27.59 63.85 139.33 2011
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 12.41 38.59 84.44 2011
Winnipeg – Manitoba(2) 18.43 61.64 147.95 2011
Fredericton – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia-
Toronto – Ontario(2) 23.24 61.89 129.93 2011
Ottawa – Ontario(2) 24.16 66.47 181.04 2011
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(2) 17.23 59.95 136.58 2011
London – Ontario(2) 22.75 68.98 148.81 2011
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec(2) 24.55 57.86 155.11 2011
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*(1) 96.15 2013


Dentists may perform some of the following duties:
›› Examine patients’ mouth, teeth, gums and jaw and diagnose diseases and decay
›› Treat diseased teeth and gums
›› Replace missing teeth with dentures, bridges, or implants
›› Improve the appearance of teeth with veneers, crowns, bleaching or braces
›› Clean teeth and instruct patients on oral hygiene
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes dentists, is $37.88. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1435, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $75,000.


Licensing by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required for this occupation.

Number in employment

There are over 21,000 dentists working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Dental Technologists
General Practitioners and Family Physicians
Head Nurses and Supervisors

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