Average Dental Assistant Hourly Pay in Canada

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The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant in Canada is C$20.38.
MEDIAN C$20.38
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Hourly Rate
C$16 - C$27
C$198 - C$1,998
Profit Sharing
C$0 - C$800
Total Pay
C$32,595 - C$57,424

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Job Description for Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant

The top respondents for the job title Dental Assistant are from the companies Dental Group Ltd, Altima Dental and Dr. B. Reported salaries are highest at Dental Group Ltd where the average pay is C$24.61. Altima Dental pays the lowest at around C$20.00.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Dental Assistant. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Dental Assistant
Dental Receptionist
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Dental Assistant Job Listings

Popular Skills for Dental Assistant

Skills in Oral Surgery, Radiology, Instrument Control, Orthodontics and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant

An entry-level Dental Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$17.59 based on 472 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$19.07 based on 904 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$20.73 based on 517 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$22.15 based on 460 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$24.
Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in Edmonton, Alberta earn an average of 34.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (25.2% more) and Ottawa, Ontario (2.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Mississauga, Ontario (9.2% less), Winnipeg, Manitoba (3.5% less) and London, Ontario (3.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,586 survey responses.
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