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Human Resources Average Salaries in Canada 2024

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

Average Yearly Salary
115,000 CAD
( 9,590 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 Human Resources in Canada typically earns around 115,000 CAD. Salaries range from 48,000 CAD (lowest average) to 196,000 CAD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Human Resources domain in Canada exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Human Resources
Benefits Administrator77,700 CAD
Benefits Analyst96,600 CAD
Benefits Manager153,000 CAD
Benefits Specialist90,700 CAD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer159,000 CAD
Chief Happiness Officer169,000 CAD
Chief Human Resources Officer190,000 CAD
Chief Listening Officer138,000 CAD
Chief People Officer196,000 CAD
Chief Remote Work and Collaboration Officer144,000 CAD
Compensation Analyst94,400 CAD
Compensation and Benefits Manager152,000 CAD
Compensation and Benefits Officer66,600 CAD
Compensation and Benefits Specialist90,700 CAD
Compensation Manager150,000 CAD
Corporate Director of Human Resources205,000 CAD
Corporate Recruiter132,000 CAD
Corporate Trainer98,400 CAD
Director of Talent Acquisition191,000 CAD
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist124,000 CAD
Employee Benefits Administrator114,000 CAD
Employee Benefits Consultant142,000 CAD
Employee Benefits Coordinator57,800 CAD
Employee Communications Manager139,000 CAD
Employee Development Specialist125,000 CAD
Employee Engagement Specialist127,000 CAD
Employee Experience Manager150,000 CAD
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator123,000 CAD
Employee Performance Specialist97,100 CAD
Employee Relations Analyst123,000 CAD
Employee Relations Manager141,000 CAD
Employee Relations Practitioner135,000 CAD
Employee Relations Representative92,900 CAD
Employee Relations Specialist128,000 CAD
Employee Services Manager133,000 CAD
Employee Services Specialist134,000 CAD
Employee Wellness Officer95,100 CAD
Employment Advice Worker62,400 CAD
Employment Interviewer94,900 CAD
Employment Relations Officer62,200 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
Head of Culture148,000 CAD
Head of Human Resources175,000 CAD
Headhunter134,000 CAD
Health Benefits Coordinator76,200 CAD
HRIS Analyst65,900 CAD
HRIS Manager111,000 CAD
HRIS Officer59,400 CAD
HRIS Supervisor66,500 CAD
Human Resources Administration Specialist73,800 CAD
Human Resources Administrative Assistant55,000 CAD
Human Resources Administrative Coordinator78,000 CAD
Human Resources Administrator79,200 CAD
Human Resources Advisor124,000 CAD
Human Resources Analyst104,000 CAD
Human Resources Assessor71,500 CAD
Human Resources Assistant52,700 CAD
Human Resources Assistant Manager137,000 CAD
Human Resources Associate52,100 CAD
Human Resources Compliance Officer123,000 CAD
Human Resources Consultant154,000 CAD
Human Resources Coordinator53,300 CAD
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager110,000 CAD
Human Resources Data Scientist112,000 CAD
Human Resources Deputy Manager 144,000 CAD
Human Resources Development Manager172,000 CAD
Human Resources Director198,000 CAD
Human Resources Executive136,000 CAD
Human Resources Generalist95,100 CAD
Human Resources Manager178,000 CAD
Human Resources Officer74,900 CAD
Human Resources Recruiter131,000 CAD
Human Resources Representative75,400 CAD
Human Resources Section Head126,000 CAD
Human Resources Services Manager160,000 CAD
Human Resources Shared Services Manager129,000 CAD
Human Resources Specialist98,400 CAD
Human Resources Superintendent66,300 CAD
Human Resources Systems Administrator106,000 CAD
Human Resources Technology Consultant110,000 CAD
Human Resources Training Executive132,000 CAD
Human Resources Transformation Consultant132,000 CAD
Human Resources Vice President189,000 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
Learning and Development Specialist116,000 CAD
Occupational Health and Safety Officer73,400 CAD
Organizational Development Consultant147,000 CAD
Organizational Development Manager168,000 CAD
Organizational Development Specialist85,500 CAD
Payroll Assistant62,400 CAD
Payroll Supervisor73,900 CAD
People Development Officer93,300 CAD
People Operations Analyst126,000 CAD
Personnel Officer52,300 CAD
Personnel Recruiter134,000 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
Remote Collaboration Consultant99,400 CAD
Remote Work Compliance Manager135,000 CAD
Remote Work Coordinator93,100 CAD
Remote Work Manager117,000 CAD
Research Associate63,500 CAD
SAP Resource Manager141,000 CAD
Talent Acquisition Manager169,000 CAD
Talent Acquisition Specialist108,000 CAD
Talent Brand Manager142,000 CAD
Talent Management Officer86,800 CAD
Technical Recruiter81,600 CAD
Training Administrator71,600 CAD
Training and Development Manager163,000 CAD
Training and Development Section Head129,000 CAD
Training Executive142,000 CAD
Training Manager166,000 CAD
Training Officer64,700 CAD
Training Specialist104,000 CAD
Workforce Planning Analyst113,000 CAD

Human Resources Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Canada

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

5% of people earn
110,000 CAD or more
10% of people earn
95,100 to 110,000 CAD
20% of people earn
61,600 CAD or less
65% of people earn
61,600 to 95,100 CAD
Minimum Salary
48,000 CAD
108,000 CAD
196,000 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 Human Resources in Canada range from 48,000 CAD (starting average salary) to 196,000 CAD (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Human Resources is 108,000 CAD, implying that half of the workforce in Canada earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Human Resources in Canada earn less than 85,400 CAD, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 127,000 CAD, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Human Resources in Canada. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 61,600 CAD to 95,100 CAD. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 61,600 CAD mark, while 10% ranged from 95,100 CAD to 110,000 CAD. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 110,000 CAD or higher.

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 in Human Resources in Canada 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.

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.

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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Human Resources in Canada, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 50,000 CAD to 150,000 CAD and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Human Resources / Canada

Salary comparison by gender Canada Human Resources yearly
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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 the field of Human Resources in Canada, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 5%.

118,000 CAD
112,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Human Resources / Canada

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

Professionals working in Human Resources 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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada
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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 / Human Resources / Canada

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

Hourly Average Wage / Human Resources / Canada

55 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Human Resources in Canada is 55 CAD.This is the rate they get 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 people working in Human Resources in Canada is 23 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
Brampton118,000 CAD
Calgary121,000 CAD
Edmonton120,000 CAD
Gatineau111,000 CAD
Halifax113,000 CAD
Hamilton119,000 CAD
Kitchener116,000 CAD
Markham115,000 CAD
Mississauga122,000 CAD
Montreal130,000 CAD
Ottawa123,000 CAD
Quebec121,000 CAD
Regina109,000 CAD
Richmond104,000 CAD
Saskatoon110,000 CAD
Surrey114,000 CAD
Toronto129,000 CAD
Vancouver124,000 CAD
Vaughan112,000 CAD
Windsor111,000 CAD
Winnipeg120,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta124,000 CAD
British Columbia126,000 CAD
Manitoba119,000 CAD
New Brunswick106,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador104,000 CAD
Northwest Territories115,000 CAD
Nova Scotia109,000 CAD
Nunavut120,000 CAD
Ontario129,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island99,900 CAD
Quebec127,000 CAD
Saskatchewan111,000 CAD
Yukon102,000 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 Human Resources in Canada?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 108,000 CAD and 127,000 CAD. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

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 for jobs in Human Resources in Canada ranges from 48,000 CAD to 85,400 CAD. The base salary depends on many factors including 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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