Librarian Salary Canada

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Average Librarian’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Librarians.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5111.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: librarian, bibliographer, cataloguer, iconographer and information and reference librarian.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $43.55 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan at $24.04 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $80,000.

Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future. New technologies and the widespread use of the Internet are expected to continue to reduce demand for this profession. Retirements will be the main source of job vacancies for this position.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Librarians in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 24.24 24.24 47.61 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 21.98 43.55 53.93 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 20.23 28.50 36.38 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 17.00 25.00 37.50 2018
Fredericton – New Brunswick(3) 15.53 28.85 43.96 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 15.20 32.97 46.70 2018
Toronto – Ontario 16.00 28.00 38.46 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 15.00 32.00 41.03 2018
London – Ontario 15.00 28.85 41.03 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 26.00 30.00 45.00 2018
Prince Edward Island(1) 15.53 28.85 43.96 2018
Montreal – Quebec 19.50 33.94 41.20 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 15.00 24.04 42.79 2018

Methodology*

Examples of duties include the following:
›› Cataloging and classifying library materials
›› Assisting customers to find books and other resources either manually or using computer searches
›› Conducting tours and instruction sessions of the library
Number in employment

There are over 16,000 librarians, conservators, archivists and curators working in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in art and culture, which includes librarians, is $32.29. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,211, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $63,000.

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