Software Engineer Salary Canada

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Average Software Engineer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Software Engineers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2173.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: software engineer, software architect, telecommunications software engineer and artificial intelligence (AI) designer.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary – Alberta at $48.08 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax – Nova Scotia at $35.71 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $75,000 – $100,000.

Employment prospects for software engineers are very good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be too few job seekers to fill job vacancies in this profession for the near future. Employment growth is expected to be high in this profession. Immigrants will be a significant source of supply for this profession.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Software Engineers in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 34.13 48.08 64.02 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 31.25 40.14 95.00 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 25.00 42.07 67.31 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 17.00 45.00 66.67 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 25.35 43.59 53.85 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 23.20 35.71 47.81 2018
Toronto – Ontario 28.93 45.67 72.82 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 33.65 45.67 72.00 2018
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula Region – Ontario 28.85 45.67 72.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 31.25 45.24 62.50 2018
Prince Edward Island 25.24 36.56 48.08 2018
Montreal – Quebec 25.00 38.46 57.00 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan* 20.00 36.06 59.63 2018


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Designing, developing and testing computer-based systems based on users’ requirements
›› Co-ordinating the installation and operation of computer-based systems
›› Troubleshooting and documenting procedures for operating systems

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

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes software engineers and designers, is $43.86. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,634, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $85,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 57,000 software engineers and designers working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers)
Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Web Designers and Developers

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