Recreation | Sport Instructor Salary Canada

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Average Recreation and Sport Instructor’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Recreation and Sport Instructors.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5254.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: fitness instructor, lifeguard, personal trainer, recreation program leader, ski instructor and yoga instructor.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest, British Columbia at $20.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $11.50 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $25,000 – $45,000.

Government labour market data indicates that there will be more job seekers than job vacancies in this profession for the near future. The number of school leavers alone is projected to significantly exceed total job openings.

Jobs in this occupation may pay at the minimum wage rates.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Recreation and Sport Instructors in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 13.0019.8743.272017
Edmonton – Alberta* 13.6515.0034.142017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 13.0020.0027.922016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.1515.0023.002016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 11.0012.9021.51 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.8511.5025.002016
Toronto – Ontario 11.6014.0026.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 11.6015.0035.002016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 11.6014.0026.502016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.6013.5034.002016
Prince Edward Island 11.2512.0018.702016
Montreal – Quebec 11.2514.7524.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan12.0016.0025.002016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Planning and implementing recreational, fitness and sports activities
›› Assembling sports and game equipment
›› Demonstrating and instructing sports activities and techniques
Number in employment

There are over 130,000 athletes, coaches, sports officials and recreation, sport & fitness instructors working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness, 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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