Natural and Applied Science Policy Researcher Salary Canada

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Average Natural and Applied Science Policy Researcher’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4161.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: natural resources policy analyst, patent agent, environmental advisor and recycling program co-ordinator.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $28.02 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Nova Scotia at $31.25 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $80,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will balance job vacancies in this profession for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 22.83 28.02 54.833 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 26.44 38.46 54.07 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 24.62 35.00 53.37 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 24.04 34.58 55.10 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 16.00 34.52 55.00 2013
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 18.00 31.25 48.72 2016
Toronto – Ontario 28.85 40.87 64.90 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 25.64 37.44 51.79 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 25.64 39.01 58.97 2016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 25.64 39.01 58.97 2016
Prince Edward Island 19.23 34.87 50.26 2016
Montreal – Quebec 19.00 34.36 53.42 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 25.16 38.46 53.70 2016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Ergonomists: conducting research and advising on the relationships between people, their equipment and working or living environments
›› Industrial hygienists: studying physical, chemical and biological hazards and stresses in the workplace
›› Patent agents: Advising clients on matters of patent law
›› Science policy officers: conducting policy research into scientific areas such as the environment, agriculture and energy
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers, 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.

Number in employment

There are over 27,000 natural & applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers working in Canada.

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