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 2017 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.

CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey 2015

The following are the key findings from the 2015 CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

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