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Biomedical Engineer Average Salary in Canada 2021

How much money does a Biomedical Engineer make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
98,500 CAD
( 8,210 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Biomedical Engineer in Canada typically earns around 98,500 CAD per year. Salaries range from 51,200 CAD (lowest) to 151,000 CAD (highest).

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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Distribution in Canada

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

  • Salary Range

    Biomedical Engineer salaries in Canada range from 51,200 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 151,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 94,600 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 94,600 CAD while the other half are earning more than 94,600 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 Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 65,600 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 65,600 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 118,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 118,000 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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Biomedical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 58,200 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 78,100 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 101,000 CAD per year, 30% 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, Biomedical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 123,000 CAD per year, 21% 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 134,000 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 141,000 CAD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Biomedical Engineer average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
58,200 CAD
2 - 5 Years+34%
78,100 CAD
5 - 10 Years+30%
101,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+21%
123,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+9%
134,000 CAD
20+ Years+5%
141,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biomedical Engineer is 82,100 CAD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 114,000 CAD per year, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Biomedical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Canada

Bachelor's Degree
82,100 CAD
Master's Degree+39%
114,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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

101,000 CAD
96,400 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2020. 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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Biomedical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

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

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Biomedical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Canada

47 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 47 CAD. This means that the average Biomedical Engineer in Canada earns approximately 47 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.

Biomedical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biomedical Engineer and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology yearly Canada
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The average salary for Biomedical Engineer is 39% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist100,000 CAD+1%
Assistant Pharmacy Director194,000 CAD+97%
Associate Medical Affairs Director255,000 CAD+160%
Bioinformatics Scientist244,000 CAD+150%
Bioinformatics Technician106,000 CAD+8%
Biological Scientist257,000 CAD+160%
Biological Technician103,000 CAD+5%
Biomedical Engineer98,500 CAD-0%
Biomedical Engineering Director199,000 CAD+100%
Biostatistician167,000 CAD+69%
Biotechnologist 151,000 CAD+53%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager122,000 CAD+24%
Chemical Process Technician116,000 CAD+18%
Clinical Consultant155,000 CAD+57%
Clinical Data Manager153,000 CAD+55%
Clinical Data Specialist146,000 CAD+48%
Clinical Operations Manager226,000 CAD+130%
Clinical Pharmacist146,000 CAD+48%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist187,000 CAD+90%
Clinical Programmer79,400 CAD-19%
Clinical Project Manager146,000 CAD+48%
Clinical Research Associate135,000 CAD+37%
Clinical Research Manager225,000 CAD+130%
Clinical Study Manager193,000 CAD+96%
Compliance Specialist159,000 CAD+61%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist132,000 CAD+34%
Cytotechnologist124,000 CAD+26%
GCP Auditor131,000 CAD+33%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician113,000 CAD+15%
Manufacturing Engineer132,000 CAD+34%
Medical Affairs Director253,000 CAD+160%
Medical Representative 106,000 CAD+8%
Medical Science Liaison168,000 CAD+70%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist265,000 CAD+170%
Nuclear Pharmacist168,000 CAD+70%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead287,000 CAD+190%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager241,000 CAD+140%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer135,000 CAD+37%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager175,000 CAD+78%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor173,000 CAD+76%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant125,000 CAD+27%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist143,000 CAD+45%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate151,000 CAD+53%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist223,000 CAD+130%
Pharmaceutical Researcher226,000 CAD+130%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager197,000 CAD+100%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager229,000 CAD+130%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative109,000 CAD+11%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager245,000 CAD+150%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader168,000 CAD+70%
Pharmaceutical Technologist123,000 CAD+25%
Pharmacist151,000 CAD+53%
Pharmacy Aide100,000 CAD+1%
Pharmacy Manager221,000 CAD+120%
Pharmacy Stock Controller93,300 CAD-5%
Pharmacy Technician86,200 CAD-13%
Records Management Coordinator86,700 CAD-12%
Shift Encapsulator92,600 CAD-6%
Staff Pharmacist152,000 CAD+54%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton105,000 CAD
Calgary111,000 CAD
Edmonton108,000 CAD
Gatineau98,300 CAD
Halifax102,000 CAD
Hamilton98,100 CAD
Kitchener104,000 CAD
Markham98,700 CAD
Mississauga103,000 CAD
Montreal110,000 CAD
Ottawa106,000 CAD
Quebec101,000 CAD
Regina92,100 CAD
Richmond90,300 CAD
Saskatoon94,800 CAD
Surrey103,000 CAD
Toronto113,000 CAD
Vancouver114,000 CAD
Vaughan95,000 CAD
Windsor92,200 CAD
Winnipeg104,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta114,000 CAD
British Columbia107,000 CAD
Manitoba103,000 CAD
New Brunswick98,400 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador94,600 CAD
Northwest Territories103,000 CAD
Nova Scotia95,200 CAD
Nunavut103,000 CAD
Ontario120,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island91,400 CAD
Quebec114,000 CAD
Saskatchewan98,200 CAD
Yukon88,500 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
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