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Clinical Psychologist Average Salary in Canada 2023

How much money does a Clinical Psychologist make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
358,000 CAD
( 29,900 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Clinical Psychologist in Canada typically earns around 358,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 179,000 CAD (lowest) to 556,000 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Clinical Psychologist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Clinical Psychologist Salary Distribution in Canada

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Clinical Psychologist salaries in Canada range from 179,000 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 556,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 358,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Clinical Psychologist(s) are earning less than 358,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 358,000 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 Clinical Psychologist(s) are earning less than 242,000 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 242,000 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Clinical Psychologist(s) are earning less than 457,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 457,000 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

Clinical Psychologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Clinical Psychologist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Clinical Psychologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Clinical Psychologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 215,000 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 285,000 CAD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 381,000 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Clinical Psychologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 454,000 CAD per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 490,000 CAD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 526,000 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Clinical Psychologist average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
215,000 CAD
2 - 5 Years+32%
285,000 CAD
5 - 10 Years+34%
381,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+19%
454,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+8%
490,000 CAD
20+ Years+7%
526,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Clinical Psychologist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Clinical Psychologist
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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 Clinical Psychologist employees in Canada earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

366,000 CAD
351,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Clinical Psychologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Clinical Psychologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Clinical Psychologist(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% 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 Clinical Psychologist
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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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2022. 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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Clinical Psychologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Clinical Psychologist
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A Clinical Psychologist is considered to be a high bonus-based job 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.

13% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 87% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Clinical Psychologist Average Hourly Wage in Canada

170 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 170 CAD. This means that the average Clinical Psychologist in Canada earns approximately 170 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.

Clinical Psychologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Clinical Psychologist and Health and Medical yearly Canada
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The average salary for Clinical Psychologist is 28% more than that of Doctor / Physician. Also, Doctor / Physician salaries are 57% more than those of Health and Medical.

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Advanced Practice Provider162,000 CAD-55%
Allergist222,000 CAD-38%
Behavioral Health Specialist140,000 CAD-61%
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Clinical Psychologist358,000 CAD-0%
Correctional Treatment Specialist221,000 CAD-38%
Counseling Psychologist284,000 CAD-21%
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Dietitian242,000 CAD-32%
Doctor287,000 CAD-20%
Emergency Department Physician270,000 CAD-25%
Exercise Physiologist296,000 CAD-17%
Forensic Pathologist304,000 CAD-15%
General Medical Practitioner227,000 CAD-37%
Genetic Counselor200,000 CAD-44%
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Interventionist371,000 CAD+3%
Invasive Cardiologist465,000 CAD+30%
Mental Health Therapst220,000 CAD-39%
Naturopathic Physician353,000 CAD-2%
Neurologist356,000 CAD-1%
Neurophysiology Technologist99,800 CAD-72%
Nuclear Medicine Physician319,000 CAD-11%
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Physician - Emergency Room271,000 CAD-24%
Physician - Endocrinology359,000 CAD+0%
Physician - Family Practice235,000 CAD-34%
Physician - Gastroenterology331,000 CAD-8%
Physician - Generalist250,000 CAD-30%
Physician - Geriatrics224,000 CAD-38%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology325,000 CAD-9%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy363,000 CAD+1%
Physician - Infectious Disease322,000 CAD-10%
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Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine307,000 CAD-14%
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Physician - Neurology367,000 CAD+2%
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Physician - Otolaryngology222,000 CAD-38%
Physician - Pain Medicine215,000 CAD-40%
Physician - Pathology257,000 CAD-28%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology331,000 CAD-8%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology328,000 CAD-9%
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Physician - Physiatry315,000 CAD-12%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton391,000 CAD
Calgary416,000 CAD
Edmonton407,000 CAD
Gatineau349,000 CAD
Halifax368,000 CAD
Hamilton362,000 CAD
Kitchener360,000 CAD
Markham370,000 CAD
Mississauga378,000 CAD
Montreal425,000 CAD
Ottawa387,000 CAD
Quebec393,000 CAD
Regina340,000 CAD
Richmond327,000 CAD
Saskatoon348,000 CAD
Surrey369,000 CAD
Toronto411,000 CAD
Vancouver408,000 CAD
Vaughan358,000 CAD
Windsor350,000 CAD
Winnipeg396,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta408,000 CAD
British Columbia421,000 CAD
Manitoba403,000 CAD
New Brunswick358,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador346,000 CAD
Northwest Territories379,000 CAD
Nova Scotia352,000 CAD
Nunavut383,000 CAD
Ontario407,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island343,000 CAD
Quebec430,000 CAD
Saskatchewan372,000 CAD
Yukon337,000 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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