Dental assistants

National Occupation Code (NOC): 3411  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Dental assistants assist dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists during the examination and treatment of patients and perform clerical functions. Dental assistants work in dentists’ offices, community health centres, clinics and in educational institutions.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Certified Intra-oral Dental Assistant
  • Chair-side Assistant - Dental
  • Dental Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Clinical Assistant
  • Intra-oral Dental Assistant
  • Licensed Dental Assistant
  • Preventive Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Certified Intra-oral Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Dental Aide

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for dental assistants.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $30,056
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $36,224
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $34,247
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $29,909
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $34,079
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for dental assistants.

Gender Median Income
Male $34,079
Female $0
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (224 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for dental assistants.

$33,150.00
Lowest Observed
$79,350.00
Highest Observed
$44,850.00
25th Percentile
$48,234.63
Average
$48,750.00
Median
$50,700.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for dental assistants

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 160
25 to 34 years 505
35 to 44 years 525
45 to 54 years 495
55 to 64 years 235
65 to 74 years 0
75 years and over 0
Total 1,935
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for dental assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 1,065
Part Time 910
Total 1,970
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for dental assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 10
Female 1,920
Total 1,935
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for dental assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 1,935
Self Employed 0
Total 1,935
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for dental assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 1,860
Unemployed 70
Total 1,935
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for dental assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 0
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 115
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 115
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 1,350
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 40
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 345
Total 1,970
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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