Computer Programmer Salary Canada

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Average Computer Programmer’s and Interactive Media Developer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2174.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: computer programmer, software developer, computer game developer, Java programmer and web programmer.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $43.42 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $28.07 per hour.

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

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will not be sufficient to fill the job vacancies in these occupations for the near future. Job openings will mainly result from expansion demand and retirements. Immigrants will be a major source of supply for this profession.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 29.57 43.42 60.21 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 21.63 28.07 53.45 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 24.00 38.46 58.61 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 20.43 33.33 44.96 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 19.71 30.81 48.08 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.58 33.65 49.38 2016
Toronto – Ontario 21.00 35.90 57.69 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 25.00 38.46 56.41 2016
London – Ontario 21.00 36.06 57.44 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 21.63 36.92 51.28 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 21.00 36.06 57.44 2016
Montreal – Quebec 19.00 31.47 46.15 2016
Prince Edward Island 16.50 33.13 41.54 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar 24.00 36.06 48.08 2016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Writing and testing computer programs / software code
›› Programming animation software and special effects software
›› Preparing manuals for the operation and maintenance of software

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

Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes computer programmers and interactive media developers, 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 150,000 computer programmers and interactive media developers working in Canada.

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Web Designers and Developers

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