The average pay for an Entry-Level Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is C$19.43 per hour.

C$23,700 - C$52,357
C$24K
C$34K
C$52K
MEDIAN: C$34,000
10%
50%
90%
C$15.28 - C$23.04
C$15
C$19
C$23
MEDIAN: C$19.31
10%
50%
90%
C$0C$52K
Salary C$23,700 - C$52,357
Bonus C$1,017
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$31,162 - C$48,583
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 13
Hourly Data C$0C$34
Hourly Rate C$15.28 - C$23.04
Overtime C$10.14 - C$34.17
Annual Data C$0C$48K
Bonus C$1,017
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$31,162 - C$48,583
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 129

Job Description for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Certified dental assistants increase the efficiency of dentists by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing dental instruments, passing instruments to dentists during a procedure, taking and developing radiographs (x-rays), and taking impressions of patients' teeth. Dental assistants have a variety of interpersonal and technical tasks within a dental office and therefore require versatile and adaptive individuals. It is a great professional career for a person who is interested in dental care but does not want to go through more the rigorous training and years of schooling required of dentists or dental hygienists.

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Tasks

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: C$39,966

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) in Vancouver:
"No retirement future."
Although I have always enjoyed the technical aspect of being a CDA, it took me a few years to discover it is a thankless position. CDA's are considered the lowest position in the office and are often treated as such. Working in a dental office is working for a small business & offers little chance for advancement and no financial retirement options. Go into nursing instead!!

Key Stats for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 58%