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Average Lawyer’s Salary in Canada
The table below details the hourly wages for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4112.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: lawyer, Quebec notary, solicitor and barrister.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary – Alberta at $70.71 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $42.01 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $110,000 – $150,000.
Employment prospects for lawyers and Quebec notaries are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.
Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*||30.22||70.71||115.38||2017|
|Edmonton – Alberta*||27.47||67.67||94.81||2017|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2)||22.30||56.99||159.35||2011|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba(2)||14.94||49.23||99.73||2011|
|Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(2)||24.27||53.76||72.00||2011|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia(2)||17.10||43.00||102.96||2011|
|Toronto – Ontario(2)||20.56||69.14||230.73||2011|
|Ottawa – Ontario(2)||27.09||60.84||111.17||2011|
|Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario(2)||20.94||56.45||139.63||2011|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(2)||24.98||61.75||119.68||2011|
|Prince Edward Island(2)||16.02||48.24||71.72||2011|
|Montreal – Quebec(1),(2)||13.39||42.01||106.83||2011|
|Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*||41.01||68.84||74.57||2013|
There are almost 100,000 people employed as judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries in Canada.
The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes lawyers and Quebec notaries, is $37.73. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,353, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $70,000.