The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant in Canada is C$21.11.
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What Do Dental Assistants Do?
A dental assistant's duties include hands-on work with dental patients, assisting the dentist, and/or performing clerical functions in a dental clinic. Depending on an individual’s certification and goals, any of these are possible job tasks. If an individual would like hands-on work in the dentist’s office, their duties may include prepping the patient for a particular operation; this particular duty would involve knowledge of the teeth and most dental procedures. The dental assistant would the…Read more
Dental Assistant Tasks
- Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
- Sterilize instruments and equipment.
- Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
- Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
- Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
Job Satisfaction for Dental Assistant
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$25.91. Altima Dental pays the lowest at around C$20.00.
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Dental Assistant (Certified)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What Are Popular Skills for Dental Assistants?
Skills in Radiology, Instrument Control, Oral Surgery, Customer Service and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistants?
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$18.55 based on 120 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$19.76 based on 783 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$21.75 based on 403 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$22.67 based on 462 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$25.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in Edmonton, Alberta earn an average of 30.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (20.9% more) and Ottawa, Ontario (3.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Mississauga, Ontario (10.0% less), Winnipeg, Manitoba (4.3% less) and London, Ontario (3.3% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 2,030 survey responses.