University Professor Salary Canada

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Average University Professor’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for University Professors and Lecturers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4011.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: university professor, university lecturer, university visiting scholar and university instructor.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $54.72 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax – Nova Scotia at $39.42 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $80,000 – $110,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. However, there may still be shortages in certain fields of study.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for University Professors in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 54.72 2019
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 54.72 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 19.23 43.27 68.75 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 24.04 43.27 72.12 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 15.00 40.00 70.77 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.36 39.42 61.54 2018
Toronto – Ontario 21.00 49.04 84.62 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 21.00 52.88 71.43 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 21.85 54.00 82.42 2018
London – Ontario 18.46 51.92 73.85 2018
Prince Edward Island 19.37 43.50 64.10 2018
Montreal – Quebec 19.23 48.08 76.92 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 17.31 57.69 83.70 2018


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Teach university courses to undergraduate and graduate students
›› Preparing and delivering lectures to students
›› Conducting research and publishing results in academic journals or books

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

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in education services, which includes includes university professors and lecturers, is $40.97. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,538, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $80,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 64,000 university professors and lecturers working in Canada.

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