Librarian Salary Canada

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Average Librarian’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Librarians.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5111.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: librarian, bibliographer, cataloguer, iconographer and information and reference librarian.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $45.10 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $23.97 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $45,000 – $75,000.

Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future. New technologies and the widespread use of the Internet are expected to continue to reduce demand for this profession. Retirements will be the main source of job vacancies for this position.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Librarians in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 23.97 23.97 44.41 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 20.62 45.10 50.38 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 19.71 27.47 42.31 2015
Winnipeg – Manitoba
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 20.00 26.49 38.67 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 21.00 27.50 43.96 2015
Toronto – Ontario 25.96 31.62 43.96 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 17.86 31.25 49.00 2016
London – Ontario 17.86 31.25 49.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 17.86 31.25 49.00 2016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 13.50 25.00 43.96 2014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Cataloging and classifying library materials
›› Assisting customers to find books and other resources either manually or using computer searches
›› Conducting tours and instruction sessions of the library
Number in employment

There are over 14,000 librarians, conservators, archivists and curators working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes librarians, is $30.11. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,125, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $58,000.

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