Pharmacist Salary Canada

See table for salaries.

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 $60.89 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $100,000 – $150,000.

Employment prospects for this occupation are fair in Canada. Government data indicates that there will be more than enough job seekers for this profession for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Pharmacists in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 20.89 48.00 59.20 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 45.00 56.73 58.81 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia(2) 48.43 61.70 2016
Ottawa – Ontario(2) 54.71 72.19 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(2) 60.89 88.18 2016
London – Ontario(2) 52.27 63.62 2016
Prince Edward Island(2)(3) 53.66 74.00 2016
Montreal – Quebec(2) 58.14 79.92 2016
Saskatoon – Saskatchewan(1)(2) 54.45 74.61 2016
Toronto – Ontario(2) 48.45 67.73 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba(2) 56.63 69.65 2016
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1),(2) 50.71 69.72 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1)(2) 46.92 59.16 2016


Examples of pharmacists’ duties:
›› Preparing, mixing, checking and dispensing medicines, and keeping records
›› Ordering and maintaining stock of pharmaceutical supplies
›› Advising customers on selection and use of non-prescription medication
Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes pharmacists, is $43.74. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,600, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $83,000.


Licensing is required in all provinces and territories for community and hospital pharmacists.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation to apply for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

Number In Employment

There are over 43,000 pharmacists working in Canada.

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