Social Policy Researcher Salary Canada

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Average Social Policy Researcher’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Social Policy Researchers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4164.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: social policy researcher, consumer advisor, policy consultant and home economist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Ontario at $37.19 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick at $29.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $75,000.

Employment prospects for social policy researchers, consultants and program officers are good in Canada. It is expected that there will be a balance of workers in the near future. However there will be a slowdown in employment growth compared to previous years because of government budget freezes and cuts.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Social Policy Researchers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*14.7732.1059.852017
Edmonton – Alberta*22.6632.7849.922017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 21.0032.9746.422016
Winnipeg – Manitoba19.0030.8549.232016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick20.8629.0038.252015
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 18.2430.5141.702016
Toronto – Ontario 20.0036.0651.922016
Ottawa – Ontario 20.88 37.19 51.792016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 20.88 37.1951.282016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.8837.1951.282016
Prince Edward Island21.6330.0035.902016
Montreal – Quebec 20.0035.00 47.692016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan21.3135.7749.522016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Developing social programs and social legislation
›› Developing and analysing questionnaires and surveys on social issues
›› Conducting research and advising consumers on the selection and proper use of food products and other consumer goods
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes social policy researchers, consultants and program officers, is $37.73. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,353, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $70,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 80,000 health and social policy researchers, consultants & program officers working in Canada.

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