Early Childhood Education Salary Canada

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Average Early Childhood Educators and Assistant’s Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Early Childhood Educators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4214.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: early childhood educator, pre-school teacher, day-care worker and child-care worker.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $18.15 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $14.96 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $28,000 – $42,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. Jobs in this occupation may pay at the minimum wage rates.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Early Childhood Educators and Assistants in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.2514.0022.002016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 12.3015.0021.632016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 11.0015.0020.192016
Toronto – Ontario 12.00 17.0030.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 12.0018.0024.522016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 11.6017.0025.532016
London – Ontario 11.7517.2024.002016
Prince Edward Island 12.0015.0018.502016
Montreal – Quebec 11.2518.1524.842016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan10.9614.9621.102016
Calgary – Alberta* 13.2516.0026.472017
Edmonton – Alberta* 12.5515.5020.002017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 12.3517.0024.002016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Leading children in activities such as reading stories, teaching songs and nursery rhymes and playing games
›› Helping children with their eating, dressing and toilet habits
›› Assessing the skills, abilities, interests and needs of children
Number in employment

There are over 285,000 early childhood educators and assistants working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services, which includes early childhood educators and assistants, is $22.96. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $769, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $40,000.

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