Registered Nurse Salary Canada

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Average Registered Nurse Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Registered Nurses.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3012.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: registered nurse (R.N.), registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.), community health nurse and occupational health nurse.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $41.90 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $29.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $75,000.

Employment prospects for registered nurses are good in Canada. The government forecasts that as the Canadian population ages, demand for health services will increase substantially, increasing demand for health professionals in general.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Registered Nurses in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 28.1343.5856.512015
Edmonton – Alberta* 30.0041.9052.282015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 22.0037.0043.002014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 24.7037.50 41.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 13.8336.0039.002014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 22.0035.14 40.002014
Toronto – Ontario 23.0038.5045.002014
Ottawa – Ontario 20.4036.0043.752014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 22.83 34.0044.002014
Hamilton/ Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 23.0039.5646.002014
Prince Edward Island 18.6135.0038.462014
Montreal – Quebec 18.6729.0040.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan25.5041.0046.002014


Examples of registered nurses’ duties:
›› Assessing patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
›› Administering medications and treatments
›› Operating or monitoring medical apparatus or equipment
›› Assisting in surgery and other medical procedures

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

Comparison with employment unit

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in nursing, which includes registered nurses, is $37.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1386, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $72,000.


Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories for this occupation.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Head Nurses and Supervisors
Licensed Practical Nurses
Midwives/Natural Healing
Nurse Practitioners

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