Architect Salary Canada

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Average Architects’ Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Architects.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2151.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: architect, industrial and commercial buildings architect and residential architect.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $36.86 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $25.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $80,000.

Employment prospects for architects are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. Job vacancies in this profession will result mainly from retirements.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Architects in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 27.45 36.86 63.19 2017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 27.45 36.86 63.19 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 22.66 30.77 40.00 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia 14.25 25.00 60.00 2013
Toronto – Ontario 23.08 32.69 62.50 2016
Ottawa – Ontario(1) 23.08 32.31 60.51 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 23.08 32.31 60.51 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 23.08 32.31 60.51 2016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec(1) 23.00 30.77 38.50 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Discussing design ideas with clients
›› Preparing sketches and models for clients
›› Preparing drawings and other construction documents
›› Overseeing activities on construction sites to ensure compliance with plans
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes architects, is $40.85. The 2018 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 17,000 architects working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Civil Engineers
Industrial Designers
Land Surveyors

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