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Engineer Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
109,000 CAD
( 9,080 CAD monthly)

LOW
50,100
CAD
AVERAGE
109,000
CAD
HIGH
173,000
CAD

A person working as an Engineer in Canada typically earns around 109,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 50,100 CAD (lowest) to 173,000 CAD (highest).

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

Engineer Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Canada range from 50,100 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 173,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 118,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 118,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 118,000 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 75,500 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 75,500 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 157,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 157,000 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 56,900 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 75,900 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 112,000 CAD per year, 48% 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, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 137,000 CAD per year, 22% 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 149,000 CAD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 161,000 CAD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Engineer average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
56,900 CAD
2 - 5 Years+34%
75,900 CAD
5 - 10 Years+48%
112,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+22%
137,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+9%
149,000 CAD
20+ Years+8%
161,000 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Engineer
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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 Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 66,100 CAD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 128,000 CAD per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Engineer average salary difference by education level in Canada

Bachelor's Degree
66,100 CAD
Master's Degree+93%
128,000 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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

Male
112,000 CAD
Female-5%
106,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Engineer

Engineer(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Engineer
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An Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% 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
61%
No Bonus
39%

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.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Canada


52 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 52 CAD. This means that the average Engineer in Canada earns approximately 52 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering yearly Canada
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The average salary for Engineer is 8% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer101,000 CAD-7%
Assembly Engineering Technician79,000 CAD-27%
Assistant Chief Engineer119,000 CAD+9%
Associate Engineer94,300 CAD-13%
Autocad Operator64,200 CAD-41%
Automation Engineer115,000 CAD+6%
Avionic System Support Engineer96,600 CAD-11%
Biochemical Engineer102,000 CAD-6%
BMS Engineer102,000 CAD-6%
Bridge and Lock Tender56,100 CAD-48%
Broadcast Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
CAD Design Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
CAD Designer64,500 CAD-41%
CAE Engineer106,000 CAD-3%
Ceramics Engineer101,000 CAD-7%
Civil Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Commissioning Engineer102,000 CAD-6%
Communications Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Condition Monitoring Engineer92,000 CAD-16%
Contract Associate Engineer104,000 CAD-4%
Control Systems Engineer109,000 CAD+0%
Controls Engineer109,000 CAD+0%
Controls Software Engineer92,100 CAD-15%
Corrosion Engineer93,700 CAD-14%
Design Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Drafter67,300 CAD-38%
Drafting Manager128,000 CAD+18%
Drilling Engineer98,700 CAD-9%
Electrical Draughtsman52,400 CAD-52%
Electrical Engineer116,000 CAD+7%
Electrical Engineering Manager158,000 CAD+45%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist118,000 CAD+8%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler54,000 CAD-50%
Energy Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Engine Assembler45,900 CAD-58%
Engineer109,000 CAD+0%
Engineering Account Manager125,000 CAD+15%
Engineering Chief Designer118,000 CAD+8%
Engineering Consultant149,000 CAD+37%
Engineering Key Account Manager159,000 CAD+46%
Engineering Lab Technician103,000 CAD-5%
Engineering Planning Manager151,000 CAD+39%
Engineering Production Manager184,000 CAD+69%
Engineering Project Analyst129,000 CAD+18%
Engineering Project Coordinator 122,000 CAD+12%
Engineering Project Director224,000 CAD+110%
Engineering Project Manager154,000 CAD+41%
Engineering Research and Development Manager165,000 CAD+52%
Engineering Safety Coordinator80,600 CAD-26%
Engineering Sales Manager146,000 CAD+34%
Engineering Technician85,600 CAD-21%
Engineering Technologist83,300 CAD-24%
Environmental Engineer105,000 CAD-4%
Equipment Engineer101,000 CAD-7%
Equipment Engineering Manager138,000 CAD+27%
Estimator89,000 CAD-18%
Fabrication Specialist72,300 CAD-34%
Fabricator48,300 CAD-56%
Facade Engineer102,000 CAD-6%
Fiber Analyst61,900 CAD-43%
Field Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
Field Engineering Manager172,000 CAD+58%
Fire Engineer109,000 CAD+0%
Fitter and Turner32,800 CAD-70%
Forestry Strategic Planner129,000 CAD+18%
Generation Engineer108,000 CAD-1%
Genetic Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
Geological Engineer112,000 CAD+3%
Geotechnical Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic55,100 CAD-49%
Highway Engineer110,000 CAD+1%
HSE Professional97,400 CAD-11%
HVAC Engineer110,000 CAD+1%
HVAC Supervisor93,700 CAD-14%
Industrial Engineer104,000 CAD-4%
Industrial Engineering Technologist101,000 CAD-7%
Instrument Engineer100,000 CAD-8%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer105,000 CAD-4%
Instrumentation Engineer105,000 CAD-4%
Instrumentation Manager103,000 CAD-5%
Irrigation Engineer108,000 CAD-1%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
Locomotive Engineer98,500 CAD-10%
Maintenance Engineer98,500 CAD-10%
Maintenance Fitter36,700 CAD-66%
Maintenance Manager108,000 CAD-1%
Manufacturing Engineer105,000 CAD-4%
Marine Engineer103,000 CAD-5%
Materials Engineer104,000 CAD-4%
Materials Researcher99,600 CAD-9%
Materials Technician78,900 CAD-28%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer115,000 CAD+6%
Mechanical Design Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Mechanical Designer93,500 CAD-14%
Mechanical Engineer118,000 CAD+8%
Mechanical Engineering Manager146,000 CAD+34%
Mechanical Inspector107,000 CAD-2%
Mechatronics Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Mining Engineer106,000 CAD-3%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Optical Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Optical Instrument Assembler52,500 CAD-52%
PCB Assembler40,200 CAD-63%
Photonics Engineer112,000 CAD+3%
Photonics Technician94,800 CAD-13%
Pipeline Engineer102,000 CAD-6%
Piping Designer56,800 CAD-48%
Piping Engineer99,500 CAD-9%
Planning Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector48,600 CAD-55%
Principal Cost Engineer108,000 CAD-1%
Principal Engineer103,000 CAD-5%
Principal Support Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Process Engineer104,000 CAD-4%
Process Operator63,600 CAD-42%
Product Development Engineer114,000 CAD+5%
Product Development Technician77,100 CAD-29%
Product Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Product Safety Engineer97,600 CAD-10%
Production Engineer106,000 CAD-3%
Project Engineer113,000 CAD+4%
Proposal Manager132,000 CAD+21%
Purchasing Engineer95,200 CAD-13%
Quality Assurance Engineer110,000 CAD+1%
Rail Engineer105,000 CAD-4%
Robotics Engineer123,000 CAD+13%
Robotics Technician83,300 CAD-24%
Safety Engineer108,000 CAD-1%
Safety Inspector81,500 CAD-25%
Safety Manager124,000 CAD+14%
Safety Officer53,000 CAD-51%
Sales Engineer116,000 CAD+7%
Scheduling Engineer97,000 CAD-11%
Service Engineer111,000 CAD+2%
Solar Engineer109,000 CAD+0%
Staff Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Static Equipment Engineer98,700 CAD-9%
Stationary Engineer96,700 CAD-11%
Stress Engineer94,200 CAD-13%
Structural Analysis Engineer103,000 CAD-5%
Structural Designer93,800 CAD-14%
Structural Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Structural Technician66,100 CAD-39%
Supply Chain Specialist108,000 CAD-1%
Surveyor76,700 CAD-30%
Technical Affairs Officer54,400 CAD-50%
Technical Assistant55,200 CAD-49%
Technical Engineer95,800 CAD-12%
Technical Support Engineer92,000 CAD-16%
Tender Engineer98,600 CAD-9%
Test Development Engineer106,000 CAD-3%
Transportation Engineer96,400 CAD-11%
Validation Engineer93,700 CAD-14%
Verification Engineer96,600 CAD-11%
Wastewater Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Wind Energy Engineer107,000 CAD-2%
Wind Energy Operations Manager145,000 CAD+33%
Work Planner71,100 CAD-35%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton116,000 CAD
Calgary122,000 CAD
Edmonton116,000 CAD
Gatineau105,000 CAD
Halifax104,000 CAD
Hamilton110,000 CAD
Kitchener114,000 CAD
Markham104,000 CAD
Mississauga118,000 CAD
Montreal125,000 CAD
Ottawa124,000 CAD
Quebec113,000 CAD
Regina101,000 CAD
Richmond102,000 CAD
Saskatoon107,000 CAD
Surrey110,000 CAD
Toronto122,000 CAD
Vancouver124,000 CAD
Vaughan108,000 CAD
Windsor103,000 CAD
Winnipeg113,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta124,000 CAD
British Columbia119,000 CAD
Manitoba117,000 CAD
New Brunswick111,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador104,000 CAD
Northwest Territories111,000 CAD
Nova Scotia111,000 CAD
Nunavut118,000 CAD
Ontario122,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island100,000 CAD
Quebec123,000 CAD
Saskatchewan114,000 CAD
Yukon101,000 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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