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Average Occupational Therapist Salary in Canada
The table below details the hourly wages for Occupational Therapists.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3143.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: occupational therapist (OT), clinical occupational therapist and community occupational therapist.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $67,000 – $77,000.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $40.61 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $17.25 per hour.
Employment prospects for occupational therapists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand in this profession will increase for the near future. Also, employment growth for therapy and assessment professionals will be among the strongest of all professions.
Average Hourly Wages for Occupational Therapists in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*||36.38||40.61||53.14||2011|
|Edmonton – Alberta||32.03||38.04||45.15||2011|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia||31.40||36.48||38.64||2011|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||25.90||29.00||34.00||2010|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick||19.00||25.21||33.25||2006/7|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||23.50||33.15||34.15||2010|
|Toronto – Ontario||29.32||37.97||42.50||2010|
|Ottawa – Ontario||31.11||36.86||40.00||2010|
|Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario||27.99||36.56||41.55||2010|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie / Guelph – Ontario||27.99||36.56||41.55||2010|
|Prince Edward Island||26.75||-||34.60||2011|
|Montreal – Quebec||16.50||17.25||18.25||2008|
|Saskatoon and Rural West – Saskatchewan||27.70||33.60||36.40||2010|
The 2013 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health, which includes occupational therapists, is $34.79. The 2013 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1333.20, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $70,000.
Membership of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is required in some provinces.
This occupation is an eligible occupation for the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.