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 $70,000 – $85,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $45.08 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick at $36.00 per hour.

Employment prospects for head nurses are good in Canada. It is expected that the labour market for this occupation will remain balanced for the near future.

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

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*35.1645.0848.172017
Edmonton – Alberta*35.1644.9548.172017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(1)22.6842.0048.502016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.3742.00 52.882016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 13.8936.0042.002015
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.9739.5050.032016
Toronto – Ontario17.8840.0047.802016
Ottawa – Ontario20.3638.9749.042016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula Region – Ontario23.5037.0049.042016
London – Ontario20.3638.9749.042016
Prince Edward Island 23.0039.0043.002016
Montreal – Quebec 27.0038.4649.002016
Saskatoon Area – Saskatchewan25.1739.4251.002016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in nursing, which includes head nurses, is $37.00. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1411, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $73,000.

Number in employment

There are over 30,000 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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