Chemist Salary Canada

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Average Chemist’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Chemists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2112.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: chemist, research chemist, biochemist, physical chemist and quality control chemist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $43.02 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia at $30.29 per hour.

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

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill job vacancies in this occupation for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Chemists in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 26.4443.2168.422017
Edmonton – Alberta* 28.3143.2151.442017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 17.0030.29 64.902016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.23 31.25 43.59 2013
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 13.9533.6052.882016
Halifax – Nova Scotia
Toronto – Ontario 21.35 31.28 66.832016
Ottawa – Ontario 19.8134.00 48.912016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 21.35 31.28 66.672016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 21.35 31.28 66.672016
Prince Edward Island 13.9533.60 52.882016
Montreal – Quebec 23.5034.3655.502016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Conducting experiments to make new useful chemical compounds
›› Analysing chemical or biochemical compounds
›› Publishing reports and articles in scientific journals
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes chemists, 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.

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