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Project Manager Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Project Manager make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
148,000 CAD
( 12,400 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Project Manager in Canada typically earns around 148,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 80,100 CAD (lowest) to 224,000 CAD (highest).

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

Project Manager Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Project Manager salaries in Canada range from 80,100 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 224,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 137,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 137,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 137,000 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 Project Manager(s) are earning less than 97,500 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 97,500 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 166,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 166,000 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

Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Project Manager
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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 Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 93,100 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 118,000 CAD per year, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 155,000 CAD per year, 32% 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, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 182,000 CAD per year, 18% 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 202,000 CAD per year, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 215,000 CAD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Project Manager average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
93,100 CAD
2 - 5 Years+26%
118,000 CAD
5 - 10 Years+32%
155,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+18%
182,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+11%
202,000 CAD
20+ Years+6%
215,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Project Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 113,000 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 128,000 CAD per year, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 168,000 CAD per year, 32% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 208,000 CAD per year, 24% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Project Manager average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
113,000 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+13%
128,000 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+32%
168,000 CAD
Master's Degree+24%
208,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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

152,000 CAD
145,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

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Project Manager(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.

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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

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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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Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Project Manager
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A Project Manager 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.

21% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 79% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 7% 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.

Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in Canada

71 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 71 CAD. This means that the average Project Manager in Canada earns approximately 71 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.

Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Project Manager and Business Planning yearly Canada
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The average salary for Project Manager is 17% more than that of Business Planning. Also, Business Planning salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Business Development Manager167,000 CAD+13%
Assistant Merchandise Planner93,800 CAD-37%
Business Advisor150,000 CAD+1%
Business Analyst154,000 CAD+4%
Business Consultant141,000 CAD-5%
Business Continuity Associate90,200 CAD-39%
Business Development Associate74,900 CAD-50%
Business Development Coordinator85,400 CAD-42%
Business Development Manager191,000 CAD+29%
Business Development Specialist143,000 CAD-4%
Business Operations Specialist140,000 CAD-6%
Business Process Writer86,000 CAD-42%
Capacity Planner109,000 CAD-27%
Capacity Planning Supervisor137,000 CAD-8%
Change Communications Analyst133,000 CAD-10%
Change Control Analyst141,000 CAD-5%
Contracts Executive145,000 CAD-2%
Corporate Strategy Analyst157,000 CAD+6%
Cost Control Engineer93,300 CAD-37%
Cost Estimator93,300 CAD-37%
Data Executive80,200 CAD-46%
Development Researcher111,000 CAD-25%
Due Diligence Analyst165,000 CAD+11%
Estimating Manager163,000 CAD+10%
General Manager180,000 CAD+21%
Incident Handler99,100 CAD-33%
Incident Specialist127,000 CAD-14%
Lean Consultant117,000 CAD-21%
Manager204,000 CAD+37%
Materials Planner61,900 CAD-58%
Merchandise Controller60,400 CAD-59%
Merchandise Planner64,400 CAD-57%
Operations Analyst139,000 CAD-6%
Operations Research Analyst94,000 CAD-37%
Planning and Reporting Manager162,000 CAD+9%
Planning Director200,000 CAD+35%
Project Administrator95,600 CAD-36%
Project Manager148,000 CAD-0%
Project Planner94,300 CAD-36%
Research Assistant84,700 CAD-43%
Research Engineer94,500 CAD-36%
Research Officer73,200 CAD-51%
Risk Management Specialist138,000 CAD-7%
Scholarship Coordinator71,900 CAD-52%
Store Planner74,700 CAD-50%
Strategy Director199,000 CAD+34%
Top Research and Development Executive222,000 CAD+50%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton158,000 CAD
Calgary165,000 CAD
Edmonton154,000 CAD
Gatineau138,000 CAD
Halifax145,000 CAD
Hamilton153,000 CAD
Kitchener154,000 CAD
Markham150,000 CAD
Mississauga151,000 CAD
Montreal158,000 CAD
Ottawa162,000 CAD
Quebec154,000 CAD
Regina138,000 CAD
Richmond142,000 CAD
Saskatoon134,000 CAD
Surrey144,000 CAD
Toronto163,000 CAD
Vancouver167,000 CAD
Vaughan138,000 CAD
Windsor142,000 CAD
Winnipeg153,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta167,000 CAD
British Columbia163,000 CAD
Manitoba164,000 CAD
New Brunswick140,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador142,000 CAD
Northwest Territories148,000 CAD
Nova Scotia145,000 CAD
Nunavut167,000 CAD
Ontario169,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island136,000 CAD
Quebec163,000 CAD
Saskatchewan148,000 CAD
Yukon142,000 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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