The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant in Canada is C$20.38.
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C$16 - C$27
C$198 - C$1,998
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C$32,595 - C$57,424
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Job Description for Dental Assistant
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
- 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.
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.
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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant
Avg. Hourly Rate
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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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
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