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Average Firefighter’s Salary in Canada
The table below details the hourly wages for Firefighters.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4312.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: firefighter, fire captain, fire inspector and apprentice firefighter.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $47.27 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal – Quebec at $32.00 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $75,000 – $105,000.
Employment prospects for firefighters are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. Job openings will result from both expansion demand and retirements.
Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Firefighters in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*||21.12||47.27||57.27||2019|
|Edmonton – Alberta*(1)||18.46||47.27||57.27||2019|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia||26.50||40.00||52.00||2018|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||33.65||42.12||50.00||2018|
|Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick||30.81||37.00||48.08||2018|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||19.60||33.65||44.41||2018|
|Toronto – Ontario||30.59||43.27||55.00||2018|
|Ottawa – Ontario||32.00||40.00||48.15||2018|
|Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario||26.87||42.00||52.88||2018|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario||41.03||43.75||56.00||2018|
|Prince Edward Island(3)||22.44||40.06||52.00||2018|
|Montreal – Quebec||18.00||32.00||43.50||2018|
|Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan||32.05||45.00||50.37||2018|
The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for occupations in front-line public protection services, which includes firefighters, is $46.54. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,923, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $100,000.
There are over 25,000 career firefighters and over 120,000 volunteer firefighters working in Canada.