CDHA 2015 Job Market and Employment Survey

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All reports are available free to CDHA members. Interested non-members may download the executive summary only.

Executive Summary
Reports by Province
The Full Report

CDHA’s 2015 Job Market and Employment Survey report is now available! Every other year, CDHA surveys members in order to obtain a national perspective of employment and compensation trends and workplace environment. CDHA administers the survey through a third party to ensure confidentiality and privacy of responses.

If you are negotiating your salary and benefits, interviewing for your first job or thinking of relocating to a new province or territory, this report is a must-read.

Highlights of the Report
  • The average hourly wage of dental hygienists has risen each year across all provinces and territories since 2011
  • 79% of dental hygienists receive employer benefits
  • 91% have influence over decisions regarding dental hygiene process of care
  • 91% work in clinical dental hygiene, and 74% work for a single employer
  • 9% of dental hygienists work in orthodontic or periodontic specialty practices
  • The Canada-wide unemployment rate for dental hygienists is 2.1%, approximately one-third of the national average
  • Independent practising dental hygienists continue to report high levels of satisfaction
Challenges We Face:
  • 24% of dental hygienists would prefer to be working more hours per week
  • Only 38% have a written contract with their employer, and 36% have an annual performance review
  • Younger, less experienced dental hygienists are less likely to report a salary increase
  • 29% of dental hygienists have experienced an occupational injury or medical issue related to their work, although 75% of these respondents worked through the pain
  • There is an increasing trend towards interprofessional collaboration, yet the majority of dental hygienists report that they have the least influence (60%) over making referrals to other health professionals
  • Independent practice owners report lack of public awareness as a key issue affecting their business
The Future:
  • 86% of respondents plan to practise 2 or more years in the profession in a clinical capacity
  • Other respondents are interested in working in community health (31%), an educational institution (24%) or in independent practice (14%)
  • 77% of respondents think their local economy will remain the same