A person working in Montreal typically earns around 190,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 25,700 CAD (lowest average) to 841,000 CAD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
Salaries in Montreal range from 25,700 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 841,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 186,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 186,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 186,000 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 95,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 95,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 503,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 503,000 CAD.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.
Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.
Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.
As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.
Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.
It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.
Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.
Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.
Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.
Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Canada costs anywhere from 70,300 Canadian Dollar(s) to 211,000 Canadian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Salaries in Canada are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Accounting Assistant||117,000 CAD|
|Accounting Manager||245,000 CAD|
|Chartered Accountant||163,000 CAD|
|Corporate Treasurer||314,000 CAD|
|Financial Analyst||182,000 CAD|
|Financial Manager||381,000 CAD|
|Internal Auditor||182,000 CAD|
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
|Administrative Assistant||92,300 CAD|
|Office Manager||122,000 CAD|
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
|Art Director||177,000 CAD|
|Creative Director||182,000 CAD|
|Graphic Designer||130,000 CAD|
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
|Aerospace Engineer||197,000 CAD|
|Air Traffic Controller||178,000 CAD|
|Flight Attendant||158,000 CAD|
|CAD Drafter||130,000 CAD|
|Service Advisor||147,000 CAD|
|Bank Branch Manager||276,000 CAD|
|Business Analyst||222,000 CAD|
|Business Development Manager||269,000 CAD|
|Project Manager||200,000 CAD|
Care Giving and Child Care
|Nursery Teacher||129,000 CAD|
Construction / Building / Installation
|Civil Engineer||160,000 CAD|
|Construction Project Manager||211,000 CAD|
|Health and Safety Officer||111,000 CAD|
Customer Service and Call Center
|Call Center Representative||125,000 CAD|
|Customer Service Manager||245,000 CAD|
|Customer Service Representative||127,000 CAD|
|Electrical Engineer||175,000 CAD|
|Mechanical Engineer||173,000 CAD|
Executive and Management
|Chief Executive Officer||404,000 CAD|
|Chief Financial Officer||366,000 CAD|
|General Manager||327,000 CAD|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
|Executive Chef||159,000 CAD|
|Hotel Manager||270,000 CAD|
|Travel Agent||144,000 CAD|
|Waiter / Waitress||114,000 CAD|
Health and Medical
|Laboratory Technician||133,000 CAD|
|Human Resources Manager||257,000 CAD|
|Human Resources Officer||149,000 CAD|
|Computer Technician||137,000 CAD|
|Database Administrator||174,000 CAD|
|Developer / Programmer||154,000 CAD|
|Information Technology Manager||266,000 CAD|
|Network Engineer||158,000 CAD|
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
|Police Officer||149,000 CAD|
|Legal Assistant||134,000 CAD|
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
|Biomedical Engineer||154,000 CAD|
Sales Retail and Wholesale
|Sales Manager||295,000 CAD|
|Sales Representative||119,000 CAD|
Teaching / Education
|Elementary School Teacher||125,000 CAD|
|Secondary School Teacher||143,000 CAD|
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.