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Doctor / Physician Average Salaries in Canada 2022

How much money does a person working in Doctor / Physician make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
281,000 CAD
( 23,400 CAD monthly)


A person working in Doctor / Physician in Canada typically earns around 281,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 103,000 CAD (lowest average) to 474,000 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 Doctor / Physician 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
Advanced Nutrition Aide164,000 CAD
Advanced Practice Provider162,000 CAD
Allergist222,000 CAD
Behavioral Health Specialist140,000 CAD
Chiropractor148,000 CAD
Clinical Psychologist358,000 CAD
Correctional Treatment Specialist221,000 CAD
Counseling Psychologist284,000 CAD
Dermatologist365,000 CAD
Dietitian242,000 CAD
Doctor287,000 CAD
Emergency Department Physician270,000 CAD
Exercise Physiologist296,000 CAD
Forensic Pathologist304,000 CAD
General Medical Practitioner227,000 CAD
Genetic Counselor200,000 CAD
Internist372,000 CAD
Interventionist371,000 CAD
Invasive Cardiologist465,000 CAD
Mental Health Therapst220,000 CAD
Naturopathic Physician353,000 CAD
Neurologist356,000 CAD
Neurophysiology Technologist99,800 CAD
Nuclear Medicine Physician319,000 CAD
Obstetrician / Gynecologist331,000 CAD
Occupational Health Safety Specialist164,000 CAD
Ophthalmologist262,000 CAD
Optometrist266,000 CAD
Pediatrician284,000 CAD
Physical Therapist190,000 CAD
Physical Therapy Director228,000 CAD
Physician - Anesthesiology400,000 CAD
Physician - Cardiology446,000 CAD
Physician - CCU262,000 CAD
Physician - Dermatology348,000 CAD
Physician - Emergency Room271,000 CAD
Physician - Endocrinology359,000 CAD
Physician - Family Practice235,000 CAD
Physician - Gastroenterology331,000 CAD
Physician - Generalist250,000 CAD
Physician - Geriatrics224,000 CAD
Physician - Hematology / Oncology325,000 CAD
Physician - Immunology / Allergy363,000 CAD
Physician - Infectious Disease322,000 CAD
Physician - Internal Medicine369,000 CAD
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine307,000 CAD
Physician - Nephrology353,000 CAD
Physician - Neurology367,000 CAD
Physician - Nuclear Medicine323,000 CAD
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology321,000 CAD
Physician - Occupational Medicine258,000 CAD
Physician - Ophthalmology228,000 CAD
Physician - Otolaryngology222,000 CAD
Physician - Pain Medicine215,000 CAD
Physician - Pathology257,000 CAD
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology331,000 CAD
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology328,000 CAD
Physician - Pediatrics279,000 CAD
Physician - Physiatry315,000 CAD
Physician - Podiatry272,000 CAD
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine223,000 CAD
Physician - Radiation Therapy380,000 CAD
Physician - Radiology357,000 CAD
Physician - Rheumatology327,000 CAD
Physician - Sports Medicine337,000 CAD
Physician - Urology410,000 CAD
Physician Assistant199,000 CAD
Physiotherapist208,000 CAD
Podiatrist235,000 CAD
Preventive Medicine Physician286,000 CAD
Psychiatrist306,000 CAD
Psychololgist303,000 CAD
Psychometrician270,000 CAD
Radiologist333,000 CAD
Registered Respiratory Therapist196,000 CAD
Skin Care Specialist182,000 CAD
Urologist408,000 CAD
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist194,000 CAD

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Doctor / Physician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Doctor / Physician salaries in Canada range from 103,000 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 474,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 298,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 298,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 298,000 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 Doctor / Physician are earning less than 180,000 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 180,000 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 409,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 409,000 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.

Doctor / Physician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Doctor / Physician
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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 Doctor / Physician earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

288,000 CAD
274,000 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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Doctor / Physician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Doctor / Physician professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Doctor / Physician professionals in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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 Doctor / Physician
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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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2021. 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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Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Doctor / Physician
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Doctor / Physician is considered to be a high 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.

17% of surveyed staff in Doctor / Physician reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Doctor / Physician Hourly Average Wage in Canada

140 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 140 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 140 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.

Doctor / Physician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor / Physician and Health and Medical yearly Canada
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The average salary for Doctor / Physician is 57% more than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton288,000 CAD
Calgary296,000 CAD
Edmonton294,000 CAD
Gatineau271,000 CAD
Halifax275,000 CAD
Hamilton290,000 CAD
Kitchener283,000 CAD
Markham280,000 CAD
Mississauga299,000 CAD
Montreal316,000 CAD
Ottawa301,000 CAD
Quebec296,000 CAD
Regina267,000 CAD
Richmond253,000 CAD
Saskatoon269,000 CAD
Surrey277,000 CAD
Toronto315,000 CAD
Vancouver302,000 CAD
Vaughan274,000 CAD
Windsor272,000 CAD
Winnipeg292,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta302,000 CAD
British Columbia307,000 CAD
Manitoba290,000 CAD
New Brunswick259,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador253,000 CAD
Northwest Territories281,000 CAD
Nova Scotia265,000 CAD
Nunavut293,000 CAD
Ontario315,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island244,000 CAD
Quebec311,000 CAD
Saskatchewan272,000 CAD
Yukon250,000 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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