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Engineering Average Salaries in Canada 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
101,000 CAD
( 8,410 CAD monthly)

LOW
32,000
CAD
AVERAGE
101,000
CAD
HIGH
213,000
CAD

A person working in Engineering in Canada typically earns around 101,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 32,000 CAD (lowest average) to 213,000 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer101,000 CAD
Assembly Engineering Technician79,000 CAD
Assistant Chief Engineer119,000 CAD
Associate Engineer94,300 CAD
Autocad Operator64,200 CAD
Automation Engineer110,000 CAD
Avionic System Support Engineer96,600 CAD
Biochemical Engineer102,000 CAD
BMS Engineer102,000 CAD
Bridge and Lock Tender56,100 CAD
Broadcast Engineer107,000 CAD
CAD Design Engineer113,000 CAD
CAD Designer64,500 CAD
CAE Engineer106,000 CAD
Ceramics Engineer101,000 CAD
Civil Engineer107,000 CAD
Commissioning Engineer102,000 CAD
Communications Engineer111,000 CAD
Condition Monitoring Engineer92,000 CAD
Contract Associate Engineer104,000 CAD
Control Systems Engineer109,000 CAD
Controls Engineer109,000 CAD
Controls Software Engineer92,100 CAD
Corrosion Engineer93,700 CAD
Design Engineer111,000 CAD
Drafter67,300 CAD
Drafting Manager128,000 CAD
Drilling Engineer98,700 CAD
Electrical Draughtsman52,400 CAD
Electrical Engineer116,000 CAD
Electrical Engineering Manager158,000 CAD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist118,000 CAD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler54,000 CAD
Energy Engineer107,000 CAD
Engine Assembler45,900 CAD
Engineer109,000 CAD
Engineering Account Manager125,000 CAD
Engineering Chief Designer118,000 CAD
Engineering Consultant149,000 CAD
Engineering Key Account Manager159,000 CAD
Engineering Lab Technician103,000 CAD
Engineering Planning Manager151,000 CAD
Engineering Production Manager184,000 CAD
Engineering Project Analyst129,000 CAD
Engineering Project Coordinator 122,000 CAD
Engineering Project Director224,000 CAD
Engineering Project Manager154,000 CAD
Engineering Research and Development Manager165,000 CAD
Engineering Safety Coordinator80,600 CAD
Engineering Sales Manager146,000 CAD
Engineering Technician85,600 CAD
Engineering Technologist83,300 CAD
Environmental Engineer105,000 CAD
Equipment Engineer101,000 CAD
Equipment Engineering Manager138,000 CAD
Estimator89,000 CAD
Fabrication Specialist72,300 CAD
Fabricator48,300 CAD
Facade Engineer102,000 CAD
Fiber Analyst61,900 CAD
Field Engineer113,000 CAD
Field Engineering Manager172,000 CAD
Fire Engineer109,000 CAD
Fitter and Turner32,800 CAD
Forestry Strategic Planner129,000 CAD
Generation Engineer108,000 CAD
Genetic Engineer113,000 CAD
Geological Engineer112,000 CAD
Geotechnical Engineer113,000 CAD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic55,100 CAD
Highway Engineer110,000 CAD
HSE Professional97,400 CAD
HVAC Engineer110,000 CAD
HVAC Supervisor93,700 CAD
Industrial Engineer104,000 CAD
Industrial Engineering Technologist101,000 CAD
Instrument Engineer100,000 CAD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer105,000 CAD
Instrumentation Engineer105,000 CAD
Instrumentation Manager103,000 CAD
Irrigation Engineer108,000 CAD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer113,000 CAD
Locomotive Engineer98,500 CAD
Maintenance Engineer98,500 CAD
Maintenance Fitter36,700 CAD
Maintenance Manager108,000 CAD
Manufacturing Engineer105,000 CAD
Marine Engineer103,000 CAD
Materials Engineer104,000 CAD
Materials Researcher99,600 CAD
Materials Technician78,900 CAD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer115,000 CAD
Mechanical Design Engineer111,000 CAD
Mechanical Designer93,500 CAD
Mechanical Engineer118,000 CAD
Mechanical Engineering Manager146,000 CAD
Mechanical Inspector107,000 CAD
Mechatronics Engineer111,000 CAD
Mining Engineer106,000 CAD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer111,000 CAD
Optical Engineer107,000 CAD
Optical Instrument Assembler52,500 CAD
PCB Assembler40,200 CAD
Photonics Engineer112,000 CAD
Photonics Technician94,800 CAD
Pipeline Engineer102,000 CAD
Piping Designer56,800 CAD
Piping Engineer99,500 CAD
Planning Engineer107,000 CAD
Pressure Vessel Inspector48,600 CAD
Principal Cost Engineer108,000 CAD
Principal Engineer103,000 CAD
Principal Support Engineer107,000 CAD
Process Engineer104,000 CAD
Process Operator63,600 CAD
Product Development Engineer114,000 CAD
Product Development Technician77,100 CAD
Product Engineer107,000 CAD
Product Safety Engineer97,600 CAD
Production Engineer106,000 CAD
Project Engineer113,000 CAD
Proposal Manager132,000 CAD
Purchasing Engineer95,200 CAD
Quality Assurance Engineer110,000 CAD
Rail Engineer105,000 CAD
Robotics Engineer123,000 CAD
Robotics Technician83,300 CAD
Safety Engineer108,000 CAD
Safety Inspector81,500 CAD
Safety Manager124,000 CAD
Safety Officer53,000 CAD
Sales Engineer116,000 CAD
Scheduling Engineer97,000 CAD
Service Engineer111,000 CAD
Solar Engineer109,000 CAD
Staff Engineer107,000 CAD
Static Equipment Engineer98,700 CAD
Stationary Engineer96,700 CAD
Stress Engineer94,200 CAD
Structural Analysis Engineer103,000 CAD
Structural Designer93,800 CAD
Structural Engineer107,000 CAD
Structural Technician66,100 CAD
Supply Chain Specialist108,000 CAD
Surveyor76,700 CAD
Technical Affairs Officer54,400 CAD
Technical Assistant55,200 CAD
Technical Engineer95,800 CAD
Technical Support Engineer92,000 CAD
Tender Engineer98,600 CAD
Test Development Engineer106,000 CAD
Transportation Engineer96,400 CAD
Validation Engineer93,700 CAD
Verification Engineer96,600 CAD
Wastewater Engineer107,000 CAD
Wind Energy Engineer107,000 CAD
Wind Energy Operations Manager145,000 CAD
Work Planner71,100 CAD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Canada range from 32,000 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 213,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 107,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 107,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 107,000 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 Engineering are earning less than 62,500 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 62,500 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 170,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 170,000 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?

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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?

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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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

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

Male
103,000 CAD
Female-5%
98,500 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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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Engineering

Engineering 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.

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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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

42% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
58%
No Bonus
42%

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Canada


48 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 48 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 48 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering yearly Canada
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton103,000 CAD
Calgary106,000 CAD
Edmonton106,000 CAD
Gatineau97,100 CAD
Halifax98,600 CAD
Hamilton104,000 CAD
Kitchener102,000 CAD
Markham100,000 CAD
Mississauga107,000 CAD
Montreal114,000 CAD
Ottawa108,000 CAD
Quebec106,000 CAD
Regina95,800 CAD
Richmond90,700 CAD
Saskatoon96,700 CAD
Surrey99,600 CAD
Toronto113,000 CAD
Vancouver108,000 CAD
Vaughan98,400 CAD
Windsor97,500 CAD
Winnipeg105,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta108,000 CAD
British Columbia110,000 CAD
Manitoba104,000 CAD
New Brunswick92,900 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador91,000 CAD
Northwest Territories101,000 CAD
Nova Scotia95,200 CAD
Nunavut105,000 CAD
Ontario113,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island87,500 CAD
Quebec111,000 CAD
Saskatchewan97,700 CAD
Yukon89,800 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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