Lawyers and Quebec Notaries Salary Canada

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Average Lawyer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4112.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: lawyer, Quebec notary, solicitor and barrister.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary – Alberta at $70.71 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $42.01 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $110,000 – $150,000.

Employment prospects for lawyers and Quebec notaries are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*30.2270.71115.382017
Edmonton – Alberta*27.4767.6794.812017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 22.3056.99159.352011
Winnipeg – Manitoba(2) 14.9449.2399.732011
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(2) 24.2753.7672.002011
Halifax – Nova Scotia(2) 17.1043.00102.962011
Toronto – Ontario(2) 20.5669.14230.732011
Ottawa – Ontario(2) 27.0960.84111.172011
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario(2) 20.9456.45139.632011
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(2) 24.98 61.75119.682011
Prince Edward Island(2)16.0248.2471.722011
Montreal – Quebec(1),(2) 13.3942.01 106.832011
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*41.0168.8474.572013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Advising clients of their legal rights and matters relating to law
›› Drawing up legal documents such as real estate transactions, wills and divorces
›› Researching legal precedents and gathering evidence
Number in employment

There are almost 100,000 people employed as judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries in Canada.

Comparison with employment unit

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes lawyers and Quebec notaries, is $37.73. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,353, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $70,000.

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