Chemist Salary Canada

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Average Chemist’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Chemists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2112.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: chemist, research chemist, biochemist, physical chemist and quality control chemist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $43.02 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia at $29.37 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $75,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill job vacancies in this occupation for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Chemists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 22.6038.4655.532015
Edmonton – Alberta* 25.0043.0268.422015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 14.0929.37 54.282011
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.23 31.25 43.59 2013
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 14.4231.5050.002013
Halifax – Nova Scotia 13.0730.8350.672011
Toronto – Ontario 22.00 31.25 59.132014
Ottawa – Ontario 24.1834.27 49.632014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 20.00 30.77 51.062014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.00 30.77 51.062014
Prince Edward Island 15.0031.50 50.002014
Montreal – Quebec 22.0035.1046.152014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1)10.6634.8158.16 2011


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Conducting experiments to make new useful chemical compounds
›› Analysing chemical or biochemical compounds
›› Publishing reports and articles in scientific journals
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes chemists, is $38.46. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,500, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $78,000.

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