Social Policy Researcher Salary Canada

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Average Social Policy Researcher’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Social Policy Researchers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4164.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: social policy researcher, consumer advisor, policy consultant and home economist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $42.12 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $21.63 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $70,000.

Employment prospects for social policy researchers, consultants and program officers are good in Canada. It is expected that there will be a balance of workers in the near future. However there will be a slowdown in employment growth compared to previous years because of government budget freezes and cuts.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Social Policy Researchers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*23.5039.1160.552015
Edmonton – Alberta*27.4342.1250.352015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 20.7029.0044.502014
Winnipeg – Manitoba17.0032.6742.382014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick19.8728.8437.362014
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 20.0032.4548.082014
Toronto – Ontario 23.3136.8150.332014
Ottawa – Ontario 20.50 38.46 52.052014
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 20.58 36.9251.922014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.5836.9251.922014
Prince Edward Island19.2331.7955.382014
Montreal – Quebec 17.0021.63 36.812014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan21.1334.8743.592014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Developing social programs and social legislation
›› Developing and analysing questionnaires and surveys on social issues
›› Conducting research and advising consumers on the selection and proper use of food products and other consumer goods
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes social policy researchers, consultants and program officers, is $34.89. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,326, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $69,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 60,000 social policy researchers, consultants and program officers working in Canada.

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