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 Calgary, Alberta at $32.21 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island at $18.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $35,000 – $65,000.

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

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

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 21.0032.2160.212017
Edmonton – Alberta* 19.5028.8940.772017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 17.0026.0038.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 14.50 21.63 33.002016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 13.5018.0030.712016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 13.5023.0836.062016
Toronto – Ontario 15.0026.9245.642016
Ottawa – Ontario 15.5524.0037.312016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 14.95 21.6336.542016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 13.0020.0030.002016
Prince Edward Island 13.5018.00 30.712016
Montreal – Quebec 16.4722.7336.062016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan17.00 21.0037.952016


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
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes graphic designers and illustrators, is $25.95. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $923, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $48,000.

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