Secretary Salary Canada

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Average Secretary Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical).

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 1241.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: secretary, executive secretary, typist and personal secretary.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $27.20 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick at $17.16 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $30,000 – $40,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be larger than job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Job losses are expected, however, job vacancies will be numerous because of the very high retirement rate.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Secretaries in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 17.6127.2039.742015
Edmonton – Alberta*18.2726.9634.492015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 13.0021.7328.852014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.6018.4026.072014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 11.0017.1625.252014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.0019.9028.402014
Toronto – Ontario 11.7519.0028.002013
Ottawa – Ontario 12.0019.2328.002014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 12.00 19.23 28.002014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 12.0020.0028.002014
Prince Edward Island 12.0020.4324.042014
Montreal – Quebec 12.0018.5025.902014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan12.1019.0030.102014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Word processing and formatting letters and documents
›› Proofreading documents
›› Recording and preparing minutes of meetings
›› Arranging appointments and meetings
›› Dealing with incoming and outgoing mail and email
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations, which includes secretaries, is $24.04. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $919, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $48,000.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Administrative Officers
Executive Assistants
Legal Secretaries
Medical Secretaries

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