Social Worker Salary Canada

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Average Social Work Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Social Workers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4152.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: social worker, certified social worker and registered social worker.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $43.47 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Winnipeg, Manitoba at $27.88 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $80,000.

Employment prospects for social workers are good in Canada. It is expected that there will be an increase in demand for this profession in response to the needs of the aging population.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Social Workers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*24.3143.0755.502015
Edmonton – Alberta*26.8443.4750.352015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 19.2330.5048.002014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.0027.88 40.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 20.62 31.7938.942014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.3128.8538.972014
Toronto – Ontario 17.0032.9745.672014
Ottawa – Ontario 18.0032.05 45.00 2014
London – Ontario 18.0032.05 45.00 2014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 21.7932.42 41.212014
Prince Edward Island 24.6232.0038.462014
Montreal – Quebec 18.00 30.00 46.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan18.2732.2138.962014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Providing counselling and therapy for clients to help them resolve their social and personal problems
›› Investigating cases of child abuse or neglect
›› Interviewing clients to assess their situation and problems
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 workers, 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 workers working in Canada.

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