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 Calgary, Alberta at $45.65 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax – Nova Scotia at $29.18 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $90,000.

Employment prospects for social workers are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. School leavers are expected to account for almost 90% of job seekers.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Social Workers in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 26.33 45.65 52.45 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 22.53 45.16 53.76 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 19.12 32.00 41.00 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 18.00 30.77 43.44 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 14.80 32.69 39.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 18.00 29.18 42.00 2018
Toronto – Ontario 24.00 38.00 51.28 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 18.03 30.00 38.71 2018
London – Ontario 19.56 34.00 47.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 18.54 36.00 46.15 2018
Prince Edward Island 24.57 34.34 42.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 19.00 35.00 43.96 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 22.27 32.87 50.00 2018

Methodology

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 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services, which includes social workers, is $40.77. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,435, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $75,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 73,000 social workers, probation & parole officers and related occupations working in Canada.

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