Graphic Designer Salary Canada

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Average Graphic Designers and Illustrator’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Graphic Designers and Illustrators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5241.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: graphic designer, graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton – Alberta at $29.10 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick at $17.79 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $35,000 – $60,000.

It is expected that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future. Over 40% of vacancies are expected to arise through expansion demand.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Graphic Designers and Illustrators in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 19.23 28.85 58.05 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 17.00 29.10 43.92 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 15.00 25.00 40.87 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 21.63 29.67 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 13.18 17.79 33.59 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 14.00 18.97 31.79 2018
Toronto – Ontario 14.42 24.02 38.46 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 15.00 25.38 34.62 2018
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 18.00 25.00 41.83 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 14.42 24.02 38.46 2018
Prince Edward Island 14.00 18.97 31.79 2018
Montreal – Quebec 16.41 24.50 40.87 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 14.80 24.00 31.25 2018

Methodology*

Examples of duties include the following:
›› Developing design ideas to meet clients’ requirements
›› Preparing sketches, layouts and diagrams
›› Using computer software to produce designs
›› Producing illustrations by hand or with computer-assisted design (CAD) software
Number in employment

There are over 68,000 graphic designers and illustrators working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes graphic designers and illustrators, is $29.06. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1081, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $56,000.

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