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Human Resources Average Salaries in Canada 2020

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
113,000 CAD
( 9,420 CAD monthly)


A person working in Human Resources in Canada typically earns around 113,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 48,000 CAD (lowest average) to 196,000 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 Human Resources 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
Benefits Administrator77,700 CAD
Benefits Analyst96,600 CAD
Benefits Manager153,000 CAD
Chief People Officer196,000 CAD
Compensation Analyst94,400 CAD
Compensation and Benefits Manager152,000 CAD
Compensation and Benefits Officer66,600 CAD
Compensation Manager150,000 CAD
Corporate Director of Human Resources205,000 CAD
Corporate Trainer98,500 CAD
Employee Benefits Administrator114,000 CAD
Employee Communications Manager139,000 CAD
Employee Development Specialist125,000 CAD
Employee Engagement Specialist127,000 CAD
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator123,000 CAD
Employee Performance Specialist97,100 CAD
Employee Relations Manager141,000 CAD
Employee Relations Practitioner135,000 CAD
Employee Services Manager133,000 CAD
Employment Advice Worker62,400 CAD
Employment Interviewer94,900 CAD
Employment Service Specialist73,500 CAD
Employment Services Coordinator89,200 CAD
Enrollment Counselor121,000 CAD
Equal Opportunity Representative95,800 CAD
Executive Human Capital Management187,000 CAD
Executive Recruiter131,000 CAD
Expatriate Administration Manager132,000 CAD
Expatriate Administration Supervisor93,200 CAD
Global Mobility Manager159,000 CAD
Headhunter134,000 CAD
Health Benefits Coordinator76,200 CAD
HRIS Analyst65,900 CAD
HRIS Manager111,000 CAD
HRIS Supervisor66,500 CAD
Human Resources Administration Specialist73,800 CAD
Human Resources Administrator79,200 CAD
Human Resources Advisor124,000 CAD
Human Resources Analyst104,000 CAD
Human Resources Assessor71,500 CAD
Human Resources Assistant Manager137,000 CAD
Human Resources Associate52,100 CAD
Human Resources Consultant154,000 CAD
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager110,000 CAD
Human Resources Generalist95,100 CAD
Human Resources Manager178,000 CAD
Human Resources Officer74,900 CAD
Human Resources Representative75,400 CAD
Human Resources Section Head126,000 CAD
Human Resources Superintendent66,300 CAD
Human Resources Training Executive132,000 CAD
Industrial Organizational Psychologist159,000 CAD
Job Evaluation Specialist124,000 CAD
Labor Relations Director154,000 CAD
Labor Relations Manager145,000 CAD
Labor Relations Specialist66,000 CAD
Learning and Development Manager159,000 CAD
Occupational Health and Safety Officer73,400 CAD
Organizational Development Consultant147,000 CAD
Organizational Development Manager168,000 CAD
Organizational Development Specialist85,400 CAD
Payroll Assistant62,400 CAD
Payroll Supervisor73,900 CAD
People Development Officer93,300 CAD
Personnel Officer52,300 CAD
Records Clerk49,400 CAD
Records Manager75,600 CAD
Recruiter128,000 CAD
Recruiting Coordinator66,100 CAD
Recruiting Manager175,000 CAD
Recruitment Consultant130,000 CAD
Recruitment Officer70,300 CAD
Recruitment Supervisor113,000 CAD
Research Associate63,500 CAD
SAP Resource Manager141,000 CAD
Talent Acquisition Specialist108,000 CAD
Talent Management Officer86,800 CAD
Training and Development Section Head129,000 CAD
Training Executive142,000 CAD
Training Officer64,700 CAD

Human Resources Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources salaries in Canada range from 48,000 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 196,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 120,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 120,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 120,000 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 Human Resources are earning less than 75,500 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 75,500 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 167,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 167,000 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.

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.

Human Resources Salary Comparison By Gender

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

116,000 CAD
110,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Human Resources

Human Resources 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Human Resources
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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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Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in Canada

54 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 54 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 54 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.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources yearly Canada
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The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton116,000 CAD
Calgary119,000 CAD
Edmonton118,000 CAD
Gatineau109,000 CAD
Halifax111,000 CAD
Hamilton117,000 CAD
Kitchener114,000 CAD
Markham113,000 CAD
Mississauga120,000 CAD
Montreal127,000 CAD
Ottawa121,000 CAD
Quebec119,000 CAD
Regina107,000 CAD
Richmond102,000 CAD
Saskatoon108,000 CAD
Surrey112,000 CAD
Toronto127,000 CAD
Vancouver122,000 CAD
Vaughan110,000 CAD
Windsor109,000 CAD
Winnipeg118,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta122,000 CAD
British Columbia124,000 CAD
Manitoba117,000 CAD
New Brunswick104,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador102,000 CAD
Northwest Territories113,000 CAD
Nova Scotia107,000 CAD
Nunavut118,000 CAD
Ontario127,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island98,100 CAD
Quebec125,000 CAD
Saskatchewan109,000 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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