CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

Every two years, CDHA conducts a compensation survey to gauge employment trends in Canada and collect and analyse data on key aspects of the profession. CDHA administers the study through a contracted third party to ensure confidentiality and privacy of responses.

The 2015 online survey will be sent to dental hygienists across the country. It includes questions about:

  • salary rates and employment benefits
  • key job responsibilities and decision-making authority
  • practice environment
  • future plans
  • incidence of workplace-related injury

Whether you are interviewing for a new job, negotiating an employment contract or preparing for your first job interview, the CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey is a valuable source of information.

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CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey 2013

The following are the key findings from the 2013 CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

  • Average hourly wage of dental hygienists has risen since the 2011 survey
  • 92% of dental hygienists work in clinical dental hygiene and 72% work for a single employer
  • Canada-wide unemployment rate for dental hygienists is 3.5%, approximately one-half of the national average
Challenges We Face:
  • 12% of dental hygienists report that their annual salaries have dropped
  • Younger, less experienced dental hygienists are less likely to report a salary increase
  • 67% of dental hygienists have no written contracts with employers, however this is a 6% improvement over 2011
The Future:
  • Two-thirds of dental hygienists in independent practice report high levels of satisfaction with this career choice
  • 86% of respondents plan to practise 2 or more years in the profession

Executive summary, full report data, and reports by province are available free to CDHA members. Interested non-members may purchase the survey for a fee of $99.00


Note: Government agencies or public organizations may request a copy of the report by contacting