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.

CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey 2017

The following are the key findings from the 2017 CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

Highlights of the Report
  • The average hourly wage of dental hygienists across all provinces and territories has risen slightly each year since 2015
  • The approximate unemployment rate for dental hygienists is 1.3%, which is below the current Canadian unemployment rate of 6.5% as of June 2017
  • 92% of respondents work in clinical dental hygiene; 72% work for a single employer
  • More than three quarters (81%) of dental hygienists receive employee benefits
  • 92% of respondents have decision-making authority over implementing dental hygiene services
  • Respondents working in specialty practices work most often in periodontics (37%) or orthodontics (34%)
  • Independently practising dental hygienists continue to report high levels of satisfaction
Challenges We Face:
  • Only 44% of respondents have a written contract with their employer, and only 39% have an annual performance review
  • Younger, less experienced dental hygienists are less likely to report a salary increase
  • The most frequently reported work-related medical issue is back/neck injuries (42%); 75% of these cases have affected the respondent’s ability to work
  • The same number of respondents as 2015 (46%) state they are prevented from practising to the full scope due to provincial regulations
  • There is an increasing trend towards interprofessional collaboration, yet the majority of dental hygienists (66%) report that they have the least influence over making referrals to other health professionals
  • Independent practice owners report lack of public awareness as a key issue affecting their business
The Future:
  • 57% of respondents plan to practice more than 10 years in the profession in a clinical capacity
  • Those who report wanting a change are interested in working in community health (30%), educational institutions (24%) or in independent practice (13%)
  • 72% of respondents think their local economy will remain the same over the next year