Biologist Salary Canada

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Average Biologist and Related Scientist Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Biologists and Related Scientists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2121.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: biologist, zoologist, botanist, immunologist, pharmacologist and ecologist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $43.06 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Quebec at $30.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $85,000.

Employment prospects for biologists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be enough job seekers to fill job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Job vacancies will come from both new positions due to expansion demand and from retirements.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Biologists and Related Scientists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 35.2637.7354.492017
Edmonton – Alberta* 31.4643.0663.822017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 28.8536.06 47.692016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 28.81 36.06 48.08 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 17.5034.0047.692016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 16.2532.3747.692016
Toronto – Ontario 24.0038.46 65.132016
Ottawa – Ontario 33.6542.56 53.852015
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 24.0038.46 65.132016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 24.0038.46 65.132016
Prince Edward Island 17.5034.00 47.692016
Montreal – Quebec(1) 15.5030.00 46.702016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan20.0038.0052.85 2016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Planning and conducting studies of the environment
›› Studying, identifying and classifying plant and animal specimens
›› Planning and running field studies and experiments
›› Writing reports and scientific papers based on your research
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes biologists and related scientists, 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 23,000 biologists, forestry professionals and agricultural specialists working in Canada.

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