Average Salary in Canada – Average Canadian Salary

Canadian Salaries – Wages in Canada – Average Pay in Canada


Average Salary in Canada

In 2020 the average hourly earnings accross all employess in either full ot part-time work was $31.35. This compares to $23.01 in 2010.

Canadian Average Hourly Earnings 2020

Earnings 2020
Earnings 2018
Earnings 2016
Earnings 2014
Males $32.47 $28.94 $27.77 $26.52
Females $28.90 $25.08 $24.05 $22.68
Full Time Employees $32.63 $29.16 $28.24 $26.75
Part Time Employees $22.42 $19.62 $18.84 $18.02

Looking at weekly wages in the table below we see that the highest paid sector by a considerable margin is mining and oil/gas drilling, followed by work in the utilities: water, electricity and telecommunications.

The accommodation and food services sector followed by the retail trade sector provide their employees with the lowest average weekly salaries.

Average Weekly Wages in Canada in 2020

Profession Average
Weekly Wage
Feb 2020
Weekly Wage
Feb 2018
Weekly Wage
Feb 2016
Forestry, logging and support $1,288 $1,093 $1,152
Mining and quarrying, and oil and gas extraction $2,205 $2,159 $2,026
Utilities $2,025 $2,088 $1,670
Construction $1,305 $1,233 $1,220
Manufacturing $1,164 $1091 $1,082
Wholesale trade $1,262 $1,239 $1,201
Retail trade $612 $596 $557
Transportation and warehousing $1,122 $1,026 $1,016
Information and cultural industries $1,402 $1,285 $1,320
Finance and insurance $1,386 $1,366 $1,225
Real estate and rental and leasing $1,126 $1,040 $950
Professional, scientific and technical services $1,482 $1,372 $1,306
Management of companies and enterprises $1,623 $1,801 $1,462
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services $849 $739 $794
Educational services $1,059 $1,049 $1,009
Health care and social assistance $954 $889 $864
Arts, entertainment and recreation $621 $598 $582
Accommodation and food services $418 $399 $377
Other services (excluding public administration) $859 $820 $785
Public administration $1,372 $1,290 $1,240

Looking at jobs throughout Canada, typical wages are as follows:

Average Hourly Wages in Canada in 2020

Profession Av.
Retail Sales / Sales Clerk $14
Data Entry Clerk $18
Accounting Clerk $21
Bookkeeper $24
Truck Driver $24
Carpenter $25
Executive Assistant $29
Electrician $28
Plumber $31
Social Worker $34
Architect $34
Registered Nurse $42
Physiotherapist $42
Computer Engineer (not software) $45
Lawyer $65
Computer & Info Sys Manager $66
Engineering Manager $70
Dentist $75

In practice, wages vary from city to city and province to province – sometimes quite widely. Here are pay scales for jobs in Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg:

Wages for Management Jobs

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Wages for Science / Technology Jobs

Wages for Health Jobs

Wages for Social and Education Jobs

Wages for Arts, Writing and Recreation Jobs

Wages for Sales and Service Jobs

Wages for Trades Jobs

And here are more detailed salaries for jobs in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Fredericton, Halifax, Windsor-Essex County, Kitchener, Ottawa, Guelph, Prince Edward Island, Saskatoon, Montreal and Winnipeg:

Average Salary in Canada by Career and Location: Updated 2020

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Health And Medical Average Salaries

Health and Medical Salaries – Main Page

Ambulance Attendants Paramedics

Audiologists/Speech Language Pathologists

Cardiology Technologists

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists/Therapists

Dental Technologists


Dietitians and Nutritionists

General Practitioners and Family Physicians

Head Nurses and Supervisors

Licensed Practical Nurses

Medical Laboratory Technicians

Medical Laboratory Technologists

Medical Radiation Technologists

Medical Sonographers

Nurse Aides/Orderlies

Nurse Practitioners

Occupational Therapists





Registered Nurses


Veterinary Technicians

Business and Finance Average Salaries

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Accounting Related Clerks

Administrative Clerks

Administrative Officers

Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Clerks


Conference and Event Planners

Couriers, Messengers and Door-to-Door Distributors

Customer Service Information and Related Clerks

Customer Service Representatives – Financial Services

Customs, Ship and Other Brokers

Data Entry Clerks

Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations

Executive Assistants

Financial Auditors and Accountants

Financial and Investment Analysts

General Office Clerks

Specialists in Human Resources

Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners

Insurance Underwriters

Legal Secretaries

Mail, Postal and Related Clerks

Medical Secretaries

Payroll Clerks

Personnel Clerks

Personnel and Recruitment Officers

Property Administrators

Purchasing Agents and Officers

Purchasing and Inventory Clerks

Receptionists and Switchboard Operators


Securities Agents, Investment Dealers and Brokers

Shippers and Receivers

Storekeepers and Parts Clerks

Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks

Supervisors, General Office and Administrative Support Clerks

Supervisors Library Correspondence and Related Information Clerks

Sales and Service Average Salaries

Sales and Service Salaries – Main Page



Butchers and Meat Cutters


Casino Occupations



Correctional Service Officers

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations


Food Service Supervisors

Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Hairstylists and Barbers

Hotel Front Desk Clerks

Insurance Agents and Brokers

Janitors and Caretakers

Police Officers (Except Commissioned)

Real Estate Agents and Salespersons

Retail Trade Supervisors

School Teacher Assistants

Security Guards

Tour and Travel Guides

Scientific and Engineering Average Salaries

Scientific, Engineering and Technical Salaries – Main Page

Aerospace Engineers

Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors


Biologists and Related Scientists

Chemical Engineers


Civil Engineers

Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers)

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers

Construction Estimators

Drafting Technologists and Technicians

Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Forestry Professionals

Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists

Industrial Designers

Land Surveyors

Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries

Mechanical Engineers

Mining Engineers

Petroleum Engineers

Physicists and Astronomers

Software Engineers

Web Designers and Developers

Social and Education Average Salaries

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College and Other Vocational Instructors

Community and Social Service Worker Salaries

Early Childhood Educator Salaries

Economist Salaries

Education Policy Researcher Salaries

Elementary School and Kindergarten Teacher Salaries

Employment Counsellor Salaries

Family Marriage and other related Counsellor Salaries

Health Policy Researcher Salaries

Lawyers and Quebec Notary Salaries

Natural and Applied Science Policy Researcher Salaries

Paralegal and Related Occupation Salaries

Psychologist Salaries

Recreation/Sports Supervisor Salaries

Secondary School Teacher Salaries

Social Policy Researcher Salaries

Social Worker Salaries

University Professor Salaries

Trades and Transport Average Salaries

Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators Salaries – Main Page

Automotive Service Technicians, Truck Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers



Bus Drivers Subway Transit Operators



Concrete Finishers

Crane Operators

Drillers and Blasters


Gas Fitters


Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics

Industrial Electricians



Material Handlers

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers

Motor Vehicle Technicians and Truck Mechanics

Painters and Decorators

Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers


Printing Press Operators

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics

Roofers and Shinglers

Sheet Metal Workers


Tool and Die Makers

Truck Drivers


Welders and Related Machine Operators

Arts Average Salaries

Arts Salaries – Main Page

Interior Designer Salaries

Museums and Art Gallery Salaries

Graphic Arts Technicians Salaries

Journalist Salaries

Public Relations Salaries

Graphic Designers and Illustrator Salaries

Librarian Salaries

Library and Archive Technicians

Recreation and Sport Instructor Salaries

Translator and Interpreter Salaries


References and Further Information
Academic Salaries (pdf document)
Wages by Job Type and Canadian Location
Canadian Statistics

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