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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
178,000 CAD
( 14,800 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in Canada typically earns around 178,000 CAD per year. Salaries range from 94,300 CAD (lowest) to 270,000 CAD (highest).

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in Canada range from 94,300 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 270,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 167,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 167,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 167,000 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 118,000 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 118,000 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 206,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 206,000 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

Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 108,000 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 133,000 CAD per year, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 188,000 CAD per year, 42% 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, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 220,000 CAD per year, 17% 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 242,000 CAD per year, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 256,000 CAD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
108,000 CAD
2 - 5 Years+23%
133,000 CAD
5 - 10 Years+42%
188,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+17%
220,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+10%
242,000 CAD
20+ Years+6%
256,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Human Resources Manager
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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 Human Resources Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 122,000 CAD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 237,000 CAD per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in Canada

Bachelor's Degree
122,000 CAD
Master's Degree+93%
237,000 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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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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

182,000 CAD
173,000 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 Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

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Human Resources Manager(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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

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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 Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

20% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 80% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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 Manager Average Hourly Wage in Canada

86 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 86 CAD. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in Canada earns approximately 86 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 Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources Manager and Human Resources yearly Canada
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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 57% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator77,700 CAD-56%
Benefits Analyst96,600 CAD-46%
Benefits Manager153,000 CAD-14%
Chief People Officer196,000 CAD+10%
Compensation Analyst94,400 CAD-47%
Compensation and Benefits Manager152,000 CAD-15%
Compensation and Benefits Officer66,600 CAD-63%
Compensation Manager150,000 CAD-16%
Corporate Director of Human Resources205,000 CAD+15%
Corporate Trainer98,500 CAD-45%
Employee Benefits Administrator114,000 CAD-36%
Employee Communications Manager139,000 CAD-22%
Employee Development Specialist125,000 CAD-30%
Employee Engagement Specialist127,000 CAD-29%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator123,000 CAD-31%
Employee Performance Specialist97,100 CAD-45%
Employee Relations Manager141,000 CAD-21%
Employee Relations Practitioner135,000 CAD-24%
Employee Services Manager133,000 CAD-25%
Employment Advice Worker62,400 CAD-65%
Employment Interviewer94,900 CAD-47%
Employment Service Specialist73,500 CAD-59%
Employment Services Coordinator89,200 CAD-50%
Enrollment Counselor121,000 CAD-32%
Equal Opportunity Representative95,800 CAD-46%
Executive Human Capital Management187,000 CAD+5%
Executive Recruiter131,000 CAD-26%
Expatriate Administration Manager132,000 CAD-26%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor93,200 CAD-48%
Global Mobility Manager159,000 CAD-11%
Headhunter134,000 CAD-25%
Health Benefits Coordinator76,200 CAD-57%
HRIS Analyst65,900 CAD-63%
HRIS Manager111,000 CAD-38%
HRIS Supervisor66,500 CAD-63%
Human Resources Administration Specialist73,800 CAD-59%
Human Resources Administrator79,200 CAD-55%
Human Resources Advisor124,000 CAD-30%
Human Resources Analyst104,000 CAD-42%
Human Resources Assessor71,500 CAD-60%
Human Resources Assistant Manager137,000 CAD-23%
Human Resources Associate52,100 CAD-71%
Human Resources Consultant154,000 CAD-13%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager110,000 CAD-38%
Human Resources Generalist95,100 CAD-47%
Human Resources Manager178,000 CAD+0%
Human Resources Officer74,900 CAD-58%
Human Resources Representative75,400 CAD-58%
Human Resources Section Head126,000 CAD-29%
Human Resources Superintendent66,300 CAD-63%
Human Resources Training Executive132,000 CAD-26%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist159,000 CAD-11%
Job Evaluation Specialist124,000 CAD-30%
Labor Relations Director154,000 CAD-13%
Labor Relations Manager145,000 CAD-18%
Labor Relations Specialist66,000 CAD-63%
Learning and Development Manager159,000 CAD-11%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer73,400 CAD-59%
Organizational Development Consultant147,000 CAD-17%
Organizational Development Manager168,000 CAD-6%
Organizational Development Specialist85,400 CAD-52%
Payroll Assistant62,400 CAD-65%
Payroll Supervisor73,900 CAD-58%
People Development Officer93,300 CAD-48%
Personnel Officer52,300 CAD-71%
Records Clerk49,400 CAD-72%
Records Manager75,600 CAD-57%
Recruiter128,000 CAD-28%
Recruiting Coordinator66,100 CAD-63%
Recruiting Manager175,000 CAD-2%
Recruitment Consultant130,000 CAD-27%
Recruitment Officer70,300 CAD-60%
Recruitment Supervisor113,000 CAD-36%
Research Associate63,500 CAD-64%
SAP Resource Manager141,000 CAD-21%
Talent Acquisition Specialist108,000 CAD-39%
Talent Management Officer86,800 CAD-51%
Training and Development Section Head129,000 CAD-27%
Training Executive142,000 CAD-20%
Training Officer64,700 CAD-64%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton182,000 CAD
Calgary188,000 CAD
Edmonton196,000 CAD
Gatineau163,000 CAD
Halifax174,000 CAD
Hamilton175,000 CAD
Kitchener171,000 CAD
Markham177,000 CAD
Mississauga189,000 CAD
Montreal200,000 CAD
Ottawa181,000 CAD
Quebec178,000 CAD
Regina161,000 CAD
Richmond168,000 CAD
Saskatoon171,000 CAD
Surrey184,000 CAD
Toronto200,000 CAD
Vancouver191,000 CAD
Vaughan165,000 CAD
Windsor172,000 CAD
Winnipeg185,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta191,000 CAD
British Columbia205,000 CAD
Manitoba184,000 CAD
New Brunswick164,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador169,000 CAD
Northwest Territories178,000 CAD
Nova Scotia176,000 CAD
Nunavut185,000 CAD
Ontario210,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island154,000 CAD
Quebec207,000 CAD
Saskatchewan172,000 CAD
Yukon166,000 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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