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Information Technology Average Salaries in Canada 2020

How much money does a person working in Information Technology make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
120,000 CAD
( 10,000 CAD monthly)

LOW
62,200
CAD
AVERAGE
120,000
CAD
HIGH
196,000
CAD

A person working in Information Technology in Canada typically earns around 120,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 62,200 CAD (lowest average) to 196,000 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 Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer116,000 CAD
ABAP Developer108,000 CAD
Advertising Account Planner101,000 CAD
Android Developer110,000 CAD
Angular Developer104,000 CAD
Application Consultant146,000 CAD
Applications System Specialist102,000 CAD
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist145,000 CAD
Artificial Intelligence Developer137,000 CAD
AS400 Programmer116,000 CAD
Assistant Information Technology Manager146,000 CAD
Assistant Service Delivery Manager132,000 CAD
Avaloq Developer108,000 CAD
BizTalk Developer 123,000 CAD
Blockchain Associate117,000 CAD
Blockchain Developer102,000 CAD
Build and Release Engineer107,000 CAD
Business Intelligence Analyst129,000 CAD
Business Intelligence Developer128,000 CAD
Business Objects Developer114,000 CAD
Business Process Consultant123,000 CAD
Business Systems Analyst109,000 CAD
C# Developer129,000 CAD
C++ Developer122,000 CAD
Capacity Planning Manager158,000 CAD
Change Administrator106,000 CAD
Chief Information Security Officer175,000 CAD
Client Delivery Manager154,000 CAD
CMS Developer93,400 CAD
Computer Animator106,000 CAD
Computer Hardware Engineer93,400 CAD
Computer Networks Architect114,000 CAD
Computer Operator77,400 CAD
Computer Technician92,600 CAD
Copy Editor92,600 CAD
CRM Application Administrator110,000 CAD
Cross Platform Security Manager152,000 CAD
Curam Developer98,500 CAD
Data Analyst114,000 CAD
Data Architect114,000 CAD
Data Center Technician97,900 CAD
Data Entry Supervisor76,800 CAD
Data Manager158,000 CAD
Data Modeling Analyst112,000 CAD
Data Quality Analyst111,000 CAD
Data Security Analyst115,000 CAD
Data Security Manager162,000 CAD
Data Warehousing Manager148,000 CAD
Data Warehousing Specialist114,000 CAD
Database Administration Manager145,000 CAD
Database Administrator124,000 CAD
Database Analyst121,000 CAD
Database Developer122,000 CAD
Database Report Writer106,000 CAD
Delivery Manager123,000 CAD
Developer / Programmer117,000 CAD
Development Manager160,000 CAD
Director of Application Development173,000 CAD
Director of Technology208,000 CAD
Disaster Recovery Analyst107,000 CAD
Documentation Specialist101,000 CAD
E-Commerce Manager144,000 CAD
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst129,000 CAD
E-Commerce Marketing Manager146,000 CAD
E-Commerce Sales Manager158,000 CAD
E-Commerce Strategy Manager157,000 CAD
Enterprise Architecture Manager151,000 CAD
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect151,000 CAD
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager174,000 CAD
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant118,000 CAD
ERP Analyst130,000 CAD
ERP Project Manager158,000 CAD
Ethical Hacker101,000 CAD
Financial Systems Manager178,000 CAD
Flash Developer105,000 CAD
Front End Developer96,000 CAD
Full Stack Developer117,000 CAD
Functional Analyst126,000 CAD
Game Developer108,000 CAD
GIS Analyst103,000 CAD
GIS Developer119,000 CAD
Global BI Analyst119,000 CAD
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer100,000 CAD
Graphics Programmer103,000 CAD
Graphics Web Designer94,100 CAD
Hardware Design Engineer107,000 CAD
Hardware Engineering Manager166,000 CAD
Hardware Technician89,300 CAD
Head of Development160,000 CAD
Help Desk Analyst107,000 CAD
Help Desk Manager128,000 CAD
Help Desk Support81,500 CAD
Helpdesk Manager138,000 CAD
Imaging Programmer104,000 CAD
Informatics Optimization Specialist124,000 CAD
Information Assurance Analyst123,000 CAD
Information Program Director170,000 CAD
Information Security Administrator136,000 CAD
Information Security Analyst134,000 CAD
Information Security Engineer110,000 CAD
Information Security Manager167,000 CAD
Information Security Specialist142,000 CAD
Information Services Consultant141,000 CAD
Information Technology Administrator97,100 CAD
Information Technology Asset Manager162,000 CAD
Information Technology Consultant144,000 CAD
Information Technology Coordinator94,500 CAD
Information Technology Director191,000 CAD
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer98,700 CAD
Information Technology Manager189,000 CAD
Information Technology Operations Manager194,000 CAD
Information Technology Product Manager164,000 CAD
Information Technology Project Administrator96,300 CAD
Information Technology Project Coordinator125,000 CAD
Information Technology Project Leader136,000 CAD
Information Technology Project Manager181,000 CAD
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager144,000 CAD
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)126,000 CAD
Information Technology Quality Specialist113,000 CAD
Information Technology Support75,200 CAD
Information Technology Team Leader146,000 CAD
Information Technology Trainer119,000 CAD
Information Technology Training Analyst123,000 CAD
Interface Design Manager148,000 CAD
Interface Designer97,000 CAD
IOS Developer121,000 CAD
Java Developer120,000 CAD
Javascript Developer112,000 CAD
Lead Developer139,000 CAD
Linux Administrator113,000 CAD
Lotus Domino Administrator119,000 CAD
Lotus Notes Developer120,000 CAD
Mail Server Administrator107,000 CAD
Major Incident Manager140,000 CAD
Managed Service Specialist117,000 CAD
Microsystems Engineer118,000 CAD
Mobile Developer115,000 CAD
Multimedia Developer101,000 CAD
Multimedia Services Manager131,000 CAD
Network Administration Team Lead137,000 CAD
Network Administrator100,000 CAD
Network Analyst110,000 CAD
Network and Infrastructure Manager188,000 CAD
Network Engineer99,400 CAD
Network Engineering Manager135,000 CAD
Network Security Systems Manager149,000 CAD
Network Specialist111,000 CAD
Network Technician91,100 CAD
Nodejs Developer126,000 CAD
NT Systems Administrator110,000 CAD
Numerical Control Programmer99,400 CAD
Online Banking Manager191,000 CAD
Online Banking Specialist148,000 CAD
OPS Manager161,000 CAD
Oracle Database Administrator115,000 CAD
Oracle Developer117,000 CAD
Perl Developer102,000 CAD
PHP Developer100,000 CAD
Python Developer125,000 CAD
Records Manager94,600 CAD
Remedy Developer95,400 CAD
Reporting Analyst119,000 CAD
Ruby Developer106,000 CAD
Salesforce Administrator115,000 CAD
Salesforce Developer88,700 CAD
SAP Consultant123,000 CAD
SAS Programmer103,000 CAD
Scrum Master91,100 CAD
SEO Associate97,900 CAD
SEO Manager146,000 CAD
Service Delivery Manager143,000 CAD
Service Level Manager157,000 CAD
Service Support Lead115,000 CAD
SharePoint Administrator109,000 CAD
Sharepoint Consultant123,000 CAD
Sharepoint Developer127,000 CAD
Shift Leader128,000 CAD
SOA Analyst116,000 CAD
SOC Engineer112,000 CAD
Software Analyst118,000 CAD
Software Architect112,000 CAD
Software Development Manager147,000 CAD
Software Engineer118,000 CAD
Software QA Engineer107,000 CAD
Software Sales105,000 CAD
Software Specialist101,000 CAD
Software Support Engineer94,700 CAD
Software Test Engineer105,000 CAD
Solutions Architect158,000 CAD
Storage Engineer94,700 CAD
Supervisor77,900 CAD
Support Analyst104,000 CAD
Support Specialist119,000 CAD
System Administrator103,000 CAD
Systems Analyst108,000 CAD
Systems Architect115,000 CAD
Systems Consultant146,000 CAD
Systems Engineer97,700 CAD
Systems Integrator111,000 CAD
Technical Analyst102,000 CAD
Technical Consultant130,000 CAD
Technical Manager122,000 CAD
Technical Project Manager152,000 CAD
Technical Sales117,000 CAD
Technical Trainer116,000 CAD
Technical Writer105,000 CAD
Technology Business Analyst117,000 CAD
Technology Director198,000 CAD
Technology Specialist148,000 CAD
Teradata Developer98,900 CAD
Test Analyst114,000 CAD
Tester93,000 CAD
Testing Manager157,000 CAD
TIBCO Developer103,000 CAD
UNIX Administrator120,000 CAD
Usability Engineer110,000 CAD
User Experience Consultant123,000 CAD
User Experience Design Expert125,000 CAD
User Experience Designer102,000 CAD
User Experience Researcher118,000 CAD
User Interface Designer112,000 CAD
VB Developer90,700 CAD
VB.NET Developer124,000 CAD
Video Game Designer96,300 CAD
Visual Information Specialist104,000 CAD
Web Applications Manager135,000 CAD
Web Content Specialist129,000 CAD
Web Designer104,000 CAD
Web Developer99,600 CAD
Web Editor96,000 CAD
Web Project Manager127,000 CAD
Web Promotions Specialist118,000 CAD
Web Security Administrator116,000 CAD
Web Security Manager173,000 CAD
Web Support Analyst85,400 CAD
Web Writer88,500 CAD
Webmaster96,500 CAD
Windows System Administrator101,000 CAD
Wireless Consultant136,000 CAD
Writer and Documentor105,000 CAD

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Canada range from 62,200 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 196,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 113,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 113,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 113,000 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 78,800 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 78,800 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 145,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 145,000 CAD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 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.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Information Technology
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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 who work in Information Technology earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
123,000 CAD
Female-5%
117,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada
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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Information Technology
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

48% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
52%
No Bonus
48%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in Canada


58 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 58 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 58 CAD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

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.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology yearly Canada
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton123,000 CAD
Calgary127,000 CAD
Edmonton126,000 CAD
Gatineau116,000 CAD
Halifax117,000 CAD
Hamilton124,000 CAD
Kitchener121,000 CAD
Markham119,000 CAD
Mississauga128,000 CAD
Montreal135,000 CAD
Ottawa129,000 CAD
Quebec127,000 CAD
Regina114,000 CAD
Richmond108,000 CAD
Saskatoon115,000 CAD
Surrey118,000 CAD
Toronto135,000 CAD
Vancouver129,000 CAD
Vaughan117,000 CAD
Windsor116,000 CAD
Winnipeg125,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta129,000 CAD
British Columbia131,000 CAD
Manitoba124,000 CAD
New Brunswick111,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador108,000 CAD
Northwest Territories120,000 CAD
Nova Scotia113,000 CAD
Nunavut125,000 CAD
Ontario135,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island104,000 CAD
Quebec133,000 CAD
Saskatchewan116,000 CAD
Yukon107,000 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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 on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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