Registered Nurse Salary Canada

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Average Registered Nurse Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Registered Nurses.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3012.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: registered nurse (R.N.), registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.), community health nurse and occupational health nurse.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $45.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $31.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $85,000.

Employment prospects for registered nurses are very good in Canada. The government forecasts that as the Canadian population ages, demand for health services will increase substantially, increasing demand for health professionals in general.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Registered Nurses in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 42.61 42.61 44.38 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 42.61 42.61 44.64 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 22.83 36.71 43.00 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 23.25 39.60 45.00 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 27.00 38.00 40.35 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 19.28 34.00 42.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario(1) 22.00 35.00 45.00 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 22.00 35.00 45.82 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 20.23 35.00 45.00 2016
Hamilton/ Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 23.00 39.00 45.00 2016
Prince Edward Island 22.15 35.63 40.25 2016
Montreal – Quebec 21.30 31.00 39.48 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 32.00 45.00 49.00 2016


Examples of registered nurses’ duties:
›› Assessing patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
›› Administering medications and treatments
›› Operating or monitoring medical apparatus or equipment
›› Assisting in surgery and other medical procedures

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

Comparison with employment unit

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in nursing, which includes registered nurses, is $37.00. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1411, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $73,000.


Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories for this occupation.

Number in employment

There are over 300,000 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Head Nurses and Supervisors
Licensed Practical Nurses
Midwives/Natural Healing
Nurse Practitioners

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