Recreation | Sport Instructor Salary Canada

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Average Recreation and Sport Instructor’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Recreation and Sport Instructors.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5254.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: fitness instructor, lifeguard, personal trainer, recreation program leader, ski instructor and yoga instructor.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $19.62 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $10.50 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $32,000 – $42,000.

Government labour market data indicates that there will be more job seekers than job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Job vacancies are expected to decrease, mainly as a result of a decline in job creation.

Jobs in this occupation may pay at the minimum wage rates.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Recreation and Sport Instructors in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 13.6519.6242.922015
Edmonton – Alberta* 14.9622.0045.672015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 11.0020.0033.332014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.0015.0022.572014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 10.6511.5019.91 2014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.7010.5020.002014
Toronto – Ontario 11.2513.7527.882014
Ottawa – Ontario 11.2513.5023.002014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 11.2513.0025.002014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.2512.9522.602014
Prince Edward Island 10.7511.0018.002014
Montreal – Quebec 10.7513.0025.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan11.0015.0421.002014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Planning and implementing recreational, fitness and sports activities
›› Assembling sports and game equipment
›› Demonstrating and instructing sports activities and techniques
Number in employment

There are over 100,000 athletes, coaches, sports officials and instructors working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness, is $21.98. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $840, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $44,000.

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