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Secretary Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Secretary make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
53,500 CAD
( 4,460 CAD monthly)

LOW
26,200
CAD
AVERAGE
53,500
CAD
HIGH
83,400
CAD

A person working as a Secretary in Canada typically earns around 53,500 CAD per year. Salaries range from 26,200 CAD (lowest) to 83,400 CAD (highest).

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

Secretary Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in Canada range from 26,200 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 83,400 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 54,500 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 54,500 CAD while the other half are earning more than 54,500 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 Secretary(s) are earning less than 36,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 36,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 70,300 CAD while 25% are earning more than 70,300 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

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 31,100 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 39,900 CAD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 55,100 CAD per year, 38% 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, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 68,200 CAD per year, 24% 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 73,100 CAD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 78,000 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Secretary average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
31,100 CAD
2 - 5 Years+29%
39,900 CAD
5 - 10 Years+38%
55,100 CAD
10 - 15 Years+24%
68,200 CAD
15 - 20 Years+7%
73,100 CAD
20+ Years+7%
78,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secretary(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 Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 39,900 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 57,100 CAD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 78,800 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Secretary average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
39,900 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
57,100 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
78,800 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secretary Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Secretary employees in Canada earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
52,200 CAD
Female+5%
54,600 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Secretary

Secretary(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 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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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low 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.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
32%
No Bonus
68%

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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Canada


26 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 26 CAD. This means that the average Secretary in Canada earns approximately 26 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly Canada
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The average salary for Secretary is 25% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist131,000 CAD+150%
Administrative Aide50,000 CAD-6%
Administrative Analyst88,200 CAD+65%
Administrative Assistant65,800 CAD+23%
Administrative Associate62,600 CAD+17%
Administrative Manager93,700 CAD+75%
Administrative Receptionist56,700 CAD+6%
Board Secretary55,100 CAD+3%
Central Office Operator59,800 CAD+12%
Clerk42,200 CAD-21%
Commercial Administrator90,100 CAD+69%
Commissions Processor75,600 CAD+41%
Conveyancing Secretary55,200 CAD+3%
Document Controller53,600 CAD+0%
Document Management Specialist79,300 CAD+48%
Executive Assistant69,100 CAD+29%
Executive Personal Assistant77,200 CAD+44%
Executive Secretary65,100 CAD+22%
Front Desk Attendant60,000 CAD+12%
Front Desk Coordinator70,000 CAD+31%
Front Desk Manager93,900 CAD+76%
Group Services Manager165,000 CAD+210%
Head Receptionist68,000 CAD+27%
Key Account Assistant67,400 CAD+26%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator41,500 CAD-22%
Leasing Administrator72,400 CAD+35%
Legal Secretary65,600 CAD+23%
Librarian78,600 CAD+47%
Mailroom Manager66,600 CAD+25%
Management Support Secretary60,000 CAD+12%
Master Programme Coordinator117,000 CAD+120%
Medical Receptionist66,200 CAD+24%
Meeting and Event Assistant70,000 CAD+31%
Meeting and Event Manager144,000 CAD+170%
Night Manager89,500 CAD+67%
Office Administrator90,700 CAD+70%
Office Assistant41,300 CAD-23%
Office Manager108,000 CAD+100%
Office Services Coordinator82,000 CAD+53%
Operations Analyst122,000 CAD+130%
Operations Manager160,000 CAD+200%
Personal Assistant59,700 CAD+12%
Planning Assistant73,000 CAD+37%
Process Expert93,200 CAD+74%
Program Coordinator88,200 CAD+65%
Programme Assistant72,600 CAD+36%
Project Administrator105,000 CAD+96%
Project Coordinator139,000 CAD+160%
Reception Team Lead79,600 CAD+49%
Receptionist54,800 CAD+3%
Records Officer48,400 CAD-9%
Schedule Officer39,700 CAD-26%
School Secretary58,300 CAD+9%
Secretary53,500 CAD+0%
Switchboard Operator51,300 CAD-4%
Technical Program Manager142,000 CAD+170%
Technical Project Manager153,000 CAD+190%
Typist45,900 CAD-14%
Wayleave Officer40,300 CAD-25%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton54,500 CAD
Calgary56,000 CAD
Edmonton57,200 CAD
Gatineau52,200 CAD
Halifax53,400 CAD
Hamilton53,400 CAD
Kitchener50,800 CAD
Markham50,800 CAD
Mississauga53,400 CAD
Montreal55,900 CAD
Ottawa57,800 CAD
Quebec54,000 CAD
Regina48,200 CAD
Richmond46,700 CAD
Saskatoon47,200 CAD
Surrey53,500 CAD
Toronto58,800 CAD
Vancouver56,600 CAD
Vaughan51,300 CAD
Windsor52,300 CAD
Winnipeg55,100 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta56,600 CAD
British Columbia61,800 CAD
Manitoba56,700 CAD
New Brunswick50,300 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador50,700 CAD
Northwest Territories52,300 CAD
Nova Scotia50,800 CAD
Nunavut57,800 CAD
Ontario64,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island46,100 CAD
Quebec60,500 CAD
Saskatchewan54,500 CAD
Yukon46,700 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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