Head Nurse Salary Canada

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Average Head Nurse and Supervisor Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Head Nurses and Supervisors.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3011.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: head nurse, patient care co-ordinator and nursing supervisor.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $75,000 – $95,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $55.08 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal – Quebec at $37.00 per hour.

Employment prospects for head nurses are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Head Nurses and Supervisors in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 46.12 55.08 58.28 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 46.13 51.42 54.91 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 22.23 41.54 50.00 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 25.00 42.00 46.28 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 22.00 40.39 47.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 19.06 37.50 52.98 2018
Toronto – Ontario 18.00 38.46 48.00 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 27.18 43.00 72.12 2018
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula Region – Ontario 20.00 40.48 45.00 2018
London – Ontario 26.00 40.00 51.00 2018
Prince Edward Island 23.00 39.50 47.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 20.75 37.00 49.93 2018
Saskatoon Area – Saskatchewan 15.87 45.00 53.00 2018

Methodology

Duties in this occupation include:
›› Supervising registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
›› Assisting in the selection, evaluation and professional development of nursing personnel
›› Organising and carrying out various administration work
›› Providing direct patient care
Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in nursing, which includes head nurses, is $39.22. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,492, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $78,000.

Number in employment

There are over 34,000 nursing co-ordinators and supervisors working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Registered Nurses
Nurse Practitioners
Licensed Practical Nurses

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