Accountant Salary Canada

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Average Financial Auditor’s and Accountant’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Financial Auditors and Accountants.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 1111.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: accountant, auditor, CA (chartered accountant) and income tax expert.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Ottawa – Ontario at $38.98 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Winnipeg – Manitoba at $29.74 per hour.

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

Government data indicates that the labour market for this occupation is expected to remain balanced for the near future. Retirements will be the main source of job vacancies in this position.

Average Hourly Wages for Financial Auditors and Accountants in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 23.84 37.98 81.61 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 20.98 32.93 61.48 2019
Vancouver Island & Coast – British Columbia 19.25 32.48 52.20 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 17.46 29.74 51.28 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 16.59 30.05 38.46 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 18.75 30.99 50.82 2018
Toronto – Ontario 19.71 33.65 62.50 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 23.08 38.98 56.25 2018
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 20.19 35.00 60.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.19 35.00 60.00 2018
Prince Edward Island 15.87 31.79 46.15 2018
Montreal – Quebec 19.23 31.25 57.69 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 20.00 34.13 55.38 2018


Examples of duties for accountants include the following:
›› Preparing financial statements and reports for clients
›› Ensure compliance with tax legislation
›› Advising on financial aspects of businesses such as budgets, tax and cashflows
Examples of duties for financial auditors include the following:
›› Studying the accounting methods of business clients
›› Conducting field audits of businesses to ensure compliance with provisions of the Income Tax Act, Canadian Business Corporations Act or other statutory requirements

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

Number in employment

There are over 190,000 financial auditors and accountants working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in business and finance, which includes financial auditors and accountants, is $39.57. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,400, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $73,000.

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