Pharmacist Salary Canada

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Average Pharmacists’ Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Pharmacists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3131.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: pharmacist, druggist, retail pharmacist and hospital pharmacist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Windsor / Sarnia, – Ontario at $57.15 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $43.94 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $85,000 – $95,000.

Employment prospects for this occupation are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Pharmacists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Winnipeg – Manitoba(2) 30.4452.68 61.372011
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1),(2) 28.6748.1270.982011
Halifax – Nova Scotia(2) 34.7446.5769.222011
Ottawa – Ontario(2) 28.84 54.13 74.882011
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(2) 27.79 57.1583.302011
London – Ontario(2) 32.42 52.99 79.372011
Prince Edward Island(2) 29.6343.9469.212011
Montreal – Quebec(2) 13.3049.3172.162011
Saskatoon – Saskatchewan*15.0048.6854.242013
Toronto – Ontario(2) 21.6847.76 71.792011
Calgary – Alberta*> 44.0251.2263.332015
Edmonton – Alberta* 45.0050.6163.582015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 30.2846.0761.812011


Examples of pharmacists’ duties:
›› Preparing, mixing, checking and dispensing medicines, and keeping records
›› Ordering and maintaining stock of pharmaceutical supplies
›› Advising customers on selection and use of non-prescription medication
Comparison with employment group

The largest sector of employment for pharmacists is retail trade. The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health, which includes pharmacists, is $36.50. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1384, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $72,000.


Licensing is required in all provinces and territories for community and hospital pharmacists.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

Number In Employment

There are over 33,000 pharmacists working in Canada.

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