Social Worker Salary Canada

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Average Social Work Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Social Workers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4152.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: social worker, certified social worker and registered social worker.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $40.60 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $24.87 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $55,000 – $80,000.

Employment prospects for social workers are good in Canada. It is expected that there will be an increase in demand for this profession in response to the needs of the aging population.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Social Workers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*23.1940.6050.922017
Edmonton – Alberta*17.0324.8750.942017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 17.5029.8142.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.2330.20 38.502016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 15.00 31.2537.082016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 26.0030.7744.002016
Toronto – Ontario 18.5034.0045.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 23.0036.00 49.45 2016
London – Ontario 20.0034.00 45.05 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 17.5034.35 48.902016
Prince Edward Island 17.5030.7740.002016
Montreal – Quebec 18.00 29.50 45.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan20.9233.0045.002016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Providing counselling and therapy for clients to help them resolve their social and personal problems
›› Investigating cases of child abuse or neglect
›› Interviewing clients to assess their situation and problems
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 workers, 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 70,000 social workers, probation & parole officers and related occupations working in Canada.

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