Physicists and Astronomers Salary Canada

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Average Physicist’s and Astronomer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Physicists and Astronomers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2111.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: astronomer, physicist, cosmologist, nuclear physicist and physics research scientist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $70.45 per hour and the Canadian national average wages earned are $43.59 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $70,000 – $110,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Physicists and Astronomers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 36.2870.4570.452017
Edmonton – Alberta* 36.2848.2070.452017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Winnipeg – Manitoba(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Toronto – Ontario 20.85 38.92 61.792016
Ottawa – Ontario 23.2838.99 61.792016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1) 23.2838.99 61.792016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 23.2838.99 61.792016
Prince Edward Island(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Montreal – Quebec(3) 22.8643.59 70.262016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan*23.0534.2845.70 2013


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Designing and conducting research in experimental and theoretical physics
›› Writing reports for academic journals based on your research
›› Designing and conducting observational surveys of celestial bodies
Comparison with employment unit

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes physicists and astronomers, is $40.85. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,538, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $80,000.


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

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