Physicists and Astronomers Salary Canada

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Average Physicist’s and Astronomer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Physicists and Astronomers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2111.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: astronomer, physicist, cosmologist, nuclear physicist and physics research scientist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $55.14 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $34.28 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $70,000 – $110,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Physicists and Astronomers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 34.9555.1470.762015
Edmonton – Alberta* 33.6246.6668.422015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 16.9843.21 66.582011
Winnipeg – Manitoba
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia
Toronto – Ontario 22.81 40.04 65.462014
Ottawa – Ontario 25.7443.01 57.412014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 21.5040.08 60.522014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 21.5040.08 60.522014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 25.3745.46 68.572011
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*23.0534.2845.70 2013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Designing and conducting research in experimental and theoretical physics
›› Writing reports for academic journals based on your research
›› Designing and conducting observational surveys of celestial bodies
Comparison with employment unit

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes physicists and astronomers, is $38.46. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,500, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $78,000.


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

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