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Average Pharmacists’ Salary in Canada
The table above details the hourly wages for Pharmacists.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3131.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.
Examples of some job titles are: pharmacist, druggist, retail pharmacist and hospital pharmacist.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Windsor / Sarnia, – Ontario at $57.15 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $43.94 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $90,000 – $120,000.
Employment prospects for this occupation are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be a balance of workers in this profession for the near future.
Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Pharmacists in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*||39.96||50.33||56.36||2017|
|Edmonton – Alberta*||39.96||56.36||56.36||2017|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2)||30.28||46.07||61.81||2011|
|Ottawa – Ontario(2)||28.84||54.13||74.88||2011|
|Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(2)||27.79||57.15||83.30||2011|
|London – Ontario(2)||32.42||52.99||79.37||2011|
|Prince Edward Island(2)||29.63||43.94||69.21||2011|
|Montreal – Quebec(2)||13.30||49.31||72.16||2011|
|Saskatoon – Saskatchewan*||–||48.68||54.24||2013|
|Toronto – Ontario(2)||21.68||47.76||71.79||2011|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba(2)||30.44||52.68||61.37||2011|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick(1),(2)||28.67||48.12||70.98||2011|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia(2)||34.74||46.57||69.22||2011|
The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes pharmacists, is $37.88. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1435, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $75,000.
Licensing is required in all provinces and territories for community and hospital pharmacists.
Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.
There are over 43,000 pharmacists working in Canada.