Head Nurse Salary Canada

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Average Head Nurse and Supervisor Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Head Nurses and Supervisors.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3151.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: head nurse, patient care co-ordinator and nursing supervisor.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $70,000 – $80,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $45.35 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $33.91 per hour.

Employment prospects for head nurses are good in Canada. It is expected that the labour market for this occupation will remain balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Head Nurses and Supervisors in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta27.0045.3552.002014
Edmonton – Alberta27.0045.3552.002014
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia15.9138.0045.002014
Winnipeg – Manitoba(1) 13.0036.00 48.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 17.5036.9841.032014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 18.0035.0040.802014
Toronto – Ontario(1)22.5040.0046.002014
Ottawa – Ontario22.5040.0046.002014
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula Region – Ontario22.5040.0046.002014
London – Ontario22.5040.0046.002014
Prince Edward Island 17.8036.7541.722014
Montreal – Quebec 13.9033.9143.962014
Saskatoon Area – Saskatchewan22.0045.0051.282014


Duties in this occupation include:
›› Supervising registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
›› Assisting in the selection, evaluation and professional development of nursing personnel
›› Organising and carrying out various administration work
›› Providing direct patient care
Comparison with employment group

The largest sector of employment for head nurses is health care and social assistance. The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes head nurses, is $36.50. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,385, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $72,000.


Currently, this occupation is not an eligible occupation for the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Registered Nurses
Nurse Practitioners
Licensed Practical Nurses

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