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 N/A
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma N/A
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $31,799
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above N/A
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $30,764
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 $30,764
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 (88 samples)

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

$1.00
Lowest Observed
$64,837.00
Highest Observed
$42,900.00
25th Percentile
$45,175.48
Average
$46,800.00
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 65
25 to 34 years 155
35 to 44 years 110
45 to 54 years 100
55 to 64 years 30
65 to 74 years 0
75 years and over 0
Total 460
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 225
Part Time 230
Total 460
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 0
Female 460
Total 460
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 455
Self Employed 0
Total 460
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 445
Unemployed 15
Total 460
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 10
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 15
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 410
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 10
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 15
Total 460
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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