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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Average Salaries in Canada 2020

How much money does a person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
70,900 CAD
( 5,910 CAD monthly)

LOW
35,600
CAD
AVERAGE
70,900
CAD
HIGH
162,000
CAD

A person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Canada typically earns around 70,900 CAD per year. Salaries range from 35,600 CAD (lowest average) to 162,000 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 Administration / Reception / Secretarial 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
Accreditation Specialist131,000 CAD
Administrative Aide50,000 CAD
Administrative Analyst88,200 CAD
Administrative Assistant65,800 CAD
Administrative Associate62,600 CAD
Administrative Manager93,700 CAD
Administrative Receptionist56,700 CAD
Board Secretary55,100 CAD
Central Office Operator59,800 CAD
Clerk42,200 CAD
Commercial Administrator90,100 CAD
Commissions Processor75,600 CAD
Conveyancing Secretary55,200 CAD
Document Controller53,600 CAD
Document Management Specialist79,300 CAD
Executive Assistant69,100 CAD
Executive Personal Assistant77,200 CAD
Executive Secretary65,100 CAD
Front Desk Attendant60,000 CAD
Front Desk Coordinator70,000 CAD
Front Desk Manager93,900 CAD
Group Services Manager165,000 CAD
Head Receptionist68,000 CAD
Key Account Assistant67,400 CAD
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator41,500 CAD
Leasing Administrator72,400 CAD
Legal Secretary65,600 CAD
Librarian78,600 CAD
Mailroom Manager66,600 CAD
Management Support Secretary60,000 CAD
Master Programme Coordinator117,000 CAD
Medical Receptionist66,200 CAD
Meeting and Event Assistant70,000 CAD
Meeting and Event Manager144,000 CAD
Night Manager89,500 CAD
Office Administrator90,700 CAD
Office Assistant41,300 CAD
Office Manager108,000 CAD
Office Services Coordinator82,000 CAD
Operations Analyst122,000 CAD
Operations Manager160,000 CAD
Personal Assistant59,700 CAD
Planning Assistant73,000 CAD
Process Expert93,200 CAD
Program Coordinator88,200 CAD
Programme Assistant72,600 CAD
Project Administrator105,000 CAD
Project Coordinator139,000 CAD
Reception Team Lead79,600 CAD
Receptionist54,800 CAD
Records Officer48,400 CAD
Schedule Officer39,700 CAD
School Secretary58,300 CAD
Secretary53,500 CAD
Switchboard Operator51,300 CAD
Technical Program Manager142,000 CAD
Technical Project Manager153,000 CAD
Typist45,900 CAD
Wayleave Officer40,300 CAD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Jobs Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries in Canada range from 35,600 CAD per year (minimum average salary) to 162,000 CAD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 68,100 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 68,100 CAD while the other half are earning more than 68,100 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 Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 46,700 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 46,700 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 110,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 110,000 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?

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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.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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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 Administration / Reception / Secretarial earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
72,600 CAD
Female-4%
69,400 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Administration / Reception / Secretarial professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Administration / Reception / Secretarial

Administration / Reception / Secretarial professionals in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 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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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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Administration / Reception / Secretarial is considered to be a low 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.

72% of surveyed staff in Administration / Reception / Secretarial reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
28%
No Bonus
72%

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.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Hourly Average Wage in Canada


34 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 34 CAD. This means that the average person in Canada earns approximately 34 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.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Administration / Reception / Secretarial and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly Canada
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The average salary for Administration / Reception / Secretarial is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton72,700 CAD
Calgary74,800 CAD
Edmonton74,200 CAD
Gatineau68,300 CAD
Halifax69,400 CAD
Hamilton73,300 CAD
Kitchener71,600 CAD
Markham70,600 CAD
Mississauga75,400 CAD
Montreal79,800 CAD
Ottawa76,100 CAD
Quebec74,800 CAD
Regina67,400 CAD
Richmond63,800 CAD
Saskatoon68,000 CAD
Surrey70,000 CAD
Toronto79,600 CAD
Vancouver76,300 CAD
Vaughan69,200 CAD
Windsor68,600 CAD
Winnipeg73,800 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta76,300 CAD
British Columbia77,600 CAD
Manitoba73,300 CAD
New Brunswick65,300 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador64,000 CAD
Northwest Territories71,000 CAD
Nova Scotia66,900 CAD
Nunavut74,000 CAD
Ontario79,700 CAD
Prince Edward Island61,600 CAD
Quebec78,400 CAD
Saskatchewan68,700 CAD
Yukon63,100 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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