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Average Salary in Canada 2024

How much money does a person working in Canada make?

Average Yearly Salary
120,000 CAD
( 10,000 CAD monthly)

All salary figures displayed here are per year except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Canada typically earns around 120,000 CAD. Salaries range from 30,200 CAD (lowest average) to 534,000 CAD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Canada vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in Canada

Median and salary distribution Canada yearly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
225,000 CAD or more
10% of people earn
176,000 to 225,000 CAD
20% of people earn
68,400 CAD or less
65% of people earn
68,400 to 176,000 CAD
Minimum Salary
30,200 CAD
103,000 CAD
534,000 CAD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per year except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Canada range from 30,200 CAD (starting salary) to 534,000 CAD (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 103,000 CAD, which means that 50% of the population in Canada earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Canada earn less than 74,600 CAD while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 156,000 CAD while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Canada. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 68,400 CAD to 176,000 CAD. Approximately 20% fall under the 68,400 CAD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 176,000 CAD to 225,000 CAD. Only 5% of people grossed 225,000 CAD or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Canada, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.
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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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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Canada comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Canada is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 50,000 CAD to 150,000 CAD and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Canada

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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? In Canada, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 5% across all career fields.

123,000 CAD
117,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada
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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.

The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada
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48% of surveyed staff in Canada reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant80,700 CAD
Accounting Assistant65,600 CAD
Accounting Manager178,000 CAD
Bookkeeper57,700 CAD
Chartered Accountant104,000 CAD
Corporate Treasurer154,000 CAD
Financial Analyst160,000 CAD
Financial Manager241,000 CAD
Internal Auditor109,000 CAD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant65,800 CAD
Office Manager108,000 CAD
Receptionist54,800 CAD
Secretary53,500 CAD

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director124,000 CAD
Creative Director120,000 CAD
Graphic Designer75,800 CAD
Photographer65,100 CAD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer154,000 CAD
Air Traffic Controller137,000 CAD
Flight Attendant82,800 CAD
Pilot205,000 CAD

Architect147,000 CAD
CAD Drafter59,400 CAD

Mechanic44,600 CAD
Service Advisor80,100 CAD

Bank Branch Manager224,000 CAD
Teller46,700 CAD

Teacher93,700 CAD
Translator104,000 CAD

Business Planning
Business Analyst154,000 CAD
Business Development Manager191,000 CAD
Project Manager148,000 CAD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny47,900 CAD
Nursery Teacher46,200 CAD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer111,000 CAD
Construction Project Manager204,000 CAD
Health and Safety Officer52,400 CAD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative45,300 CAD
Customer Service Manager170,000 CAD
Customer Service Representative44,400 CAD

Civil Engineer107,000 CAD
Electrical Engineer116,000 CAD
Engineer109,000 CAD
Mechanical Engineer118,000 CAD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer268,000 CAD
Chief Financial Officer243,000 CAD
General Manager220,000 CAD
Project Manager140,000 CAD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef72,500 CAD
Executive Chef90,400 CAD
Hotel Manager225,000 CAD
Receptionist46,100 CAD
Travel Agent72,400 CAD
Waiter / Waitress37,600 CAD

Health and Medical
Dentist274,000 CAD
Dietitian242,000 CAD
Laboratory Technician93,400 CAD
Nurse95,500 CAD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager178,000 CAD
Human Resources Officer74,900 CAD

Information Technology
Computer Technician92,600 CAD
Database Administrator124,000 CAD
Developer / Programmer117,000 CAD
Information Technology Manager189,000 CAD
Network Engineer99,400 CAD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer72,100 CAD

Attorney244,000 CAD
Legal Assistant61,900 CAD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist137,000 CAD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer98,500 CAD
Pharmacist151,000 CAD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier43,700 CAD
Sales Manager199,000 CAD
Sales Representative78,000 CAD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher83,000 CAD
Secondary School Teacher95,900 CAD

Average Hourly Wage in Canada

58 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Canada is 58 CAD.This is the rate that the average individual gets paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Canada is 15 CAD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton123,000 CAD
Calgary127,000 CAD
Edmonton125,000 CAD
Gatineau116,000 CAD
Halifax117,000 CAD
Hamilton124,000 CAD
Kitchener121,000 CAD
Markham119,000 CAD
Mississauga128,000 CAD
Montreal135,000 CAD
Ottawa129,000 CAD
Quebec126,000 CAD
Regina114,000 CAD
Richmond108,000 CAD
Saskatoon115,000 CAD
Surrey118,000 CAD
Toronto135,000 CAD
Vancouver129,000 CAD
Vaughan117,000 CAD
Windsor116,000 CAD
Winnipeg125,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta129,000 CAD
British Columbia131,000 CAD
Manitoba124,000 CAD
New Brunswick110,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador108,000 CAD
Northwest Territories120,000 CAD
Nova Scotia113,000 CAD
Nunavut125,000 CAD
Ontario135,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island104,000 CAD
Quebec133,000 CAD
Saskatchewan116,000 CAD
Yukon107,000 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Canada is 4% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Canada?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Canada would range anywhere between 103,000 CAD and 156,000 CAD.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Canada ranges from 30,200 CAD to 74,600 CAD. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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