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 Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario at $43.27 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island and Montreal – Quebec at $31.79 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $85,000.

Employment prospects are very good for this profession. 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
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 30.38 38.98 58.96 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 23.00 38.91 51.10 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 18.75 34.29 55.29 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 20.00 32.06 46.15 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 18.00 32.05 43.27 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 22.00 36.38 48.72 2018
Toronto – Ontario 20.82 38.20 57.69 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 21.50 41.54 60.10 2018
London – Ontario 24.04 35.18 50.96 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 23.00 43.27 61.54 2018
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 22.00 33.78 45.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 20.51 31.79 51.28 2018
Prince Edward Island 18.00 31.79 41.03 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 23.08 37.11 46.62 2018

Methodology*

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
Visa

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 natural and applied sciences, which includes computer programmers and interactive media developers, is $43.86. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,634, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $85,000.

Number in employment

There are over 160,000 computer programmers and interactive media developers working in Canada.

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