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Wage levels in Canada

Wage levels in Canada

We tell you about the minimum and average wages in Canada, the incomes of in-demand professions, and the amount of taxes.

In Canada, there is a minimum wage that you will earn even in the easiest and low-skilled job. But professionals with qualifications and experience tend to earn much more.

Minimum wages vary by region. In 2023, the highest hourly rates are in the territory of Yukon (CA$ 16.77) and the province of British Columbia (CA$ 16.75), and the lowest is in Saskatchewan (CA$ 13). The average wage for Canadian residents in 2022 was CA$ 59,300 per year or CA$ 4,941 per month.

Wages in Canadian provinces and territories

The table below shows minimum and average wages by region in Canada:

Province/territory Minimum rate per hour, CAD Average rate per hour, CAD
Alberta $15.00 $28.85
British Columbia $16.75 $27.50
Manitoba $15.30 $23.94
New Brunswick $14.75 $23.00
Newfoundland and Labrador $15.00 $25.00
Northwest Territories $16.05 $38.00
Nova Scotia $15.00 $22.97
Nunavut $16.00 $35.90
Ontario $16.55 $27.00
Prince Edward Island $15.00 $22.50
Quebec $15.25 $26.00
Saskatchewan $14.00 $26.22
Yukon $16.77 $35.00

As you can see from the table, minimum and average wages can be very different. For example, minimum wage workers in Alberta earn an average of CA$ 2,400 per month (CA$ 15 per hour). However, the provincial average wage is CA$ 4,616 per month (CA$ 28.85 per hour).

Still, we do not recommend that you expect a high salary right after you move. Often immigrants have to start working in low-paying jobs before they can build a good career and earn more.

Wages by occupation

In addition to regions, incomes also vary depending on the specific profession. Doctors, dentists, and IT specialists are the most well-paid in Canada and can earn more than CA$ 100,000 a year. But for many professions, the pay will be lower than that.

Below are the annual salaries for the 15 most in-demand occupations in Canada in 2023 (in CAD):

  • Accounting technician — $49,400.
  • Business systems analyst — $80,500.
  • Customer service representative — $38,900.
  • Digital marketing coordinator — $62,500.
  • HR manager — $86,200.
  • Production manager — $67,800.
  • Sales associate — $38,100.
  • Welder — $62,900.
  • Administrative assistant — $47,400.
  • Construction project manager — $90,800.
  • Software developer — $74,300.
  • Driver — $49,900.
  • Mechanical engineer — $77,000.
  • Registered nurse — $87,700.
  • Warehouse worker — $38,000.

You can use Glassdoor to find out the average salaries for your profession in Canada or in a specific region.

Taxes

Wages in Canada are higher than in many countries, but they are usually stated before taxes. It is difficult to tell the exact amount of taxes you will have to pay — it depends on the amount of income and the province where you live.

The size of the federal tax in 2023:

  • an annual income of up to CA$ 53,359 — 15%;
  • income between CA$ 53,359 and 106,717 — 20.50%;
  • income between CA$ 106,717 and 165,430 — 26%;
  • income between CA$ 165,430 and 235,675 — 29.32%;
  • income of CA$ 235,675 and more — 33%.

The provincial income tax is added to the federal income tax. For example, if you earned CA$ 60,000 per year in Ontario, you would get CA$ 43,126 after taxes. You can use a special tax calculator to find out the exact amount of tax. There you need to enter the income and the region of Canada.

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