Secretary Salary Canada

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Average Secretary Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical).

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 1241.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: secretary, executive secretary, typist, general office worker, administrative support worker and personal secretary.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $33.28 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick at $18.50 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $35,000 – $50,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will balance job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Job losses are expected, however, job vacancies will be numerous because of the very high retirement rate.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Secretaries in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 17.28 21.00 42.80 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 19.23 33.28 55.00 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 13.43 22.00 28.85 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 12.50 20.00 29.81 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 12.50 18.50 25.00 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 13.00 20.00 30.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario 13.94 20.89 30.00 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 12.86 23.21 30.77 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 11.60 20.00 40.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 13.00 20.00 30.52 2016
Prince Edward Island 12.00 22.00 27.39 2016
Montreal – Quebec 12.40 21.00 28.00 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 17.95 21.00 31.45 2016

Methodology

Examples of duties include the following:
›› Word processing and formatting letters and documents
›› Proofreading documents
›› Recording and preparing minutes of meetings
›› Arranging appointments and meetings
›› Dealing with incoming and outgoing mail and email
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations, which includes secretaries, is $26.37. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $945, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $49,000.

Number in employment

There are over 200,000 administrative assistants / secretaries working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Administrative Officers
Bookkeepers
Executive Assistants
Legal Secretaries
Medical Secretaries

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