IT salaries in Canada

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s data, Canada belongs to the top 10 countries with the highest employment income. And IT specialists are among the top earners. The bottom 10% of tech workers make less than C$55,000, and the top 10% of earners see their salary surpass C$140,000.

How much you can earn

The average IT salary in Canada is C$6,100 per month or C$72,900 per year.

Average IT salaries per month in Canada (CAD, before taxes):

  • Software developer: 6,063
  • Back-end developer: 6,167
  • Front-end developer: 5,788
  • Full-stack developer: 5,851
  • DevOps engineer: 7,125
  • Database administrator: 6,775
  • Web designer: 4,368
  • System administrator: 5,691
  • Project manager: 6,667
  • QA engineer: 6,031
  • Technical writer: 5,075
  • Security expert: 7,333
Average IT salaries in Canada

IT salaries in Canada (as in all other countries) depend mainly on the candidate’s experience (Junior: 1–3 years, Middle: 4–7 years, Senior: 8 years and more). Below are a few examples.

Average salaries for software developers in Canada (CAD per month):

  • Junior: 5,400
  • Middle: 7,000
  • Senior: 10,700

Average salaries for web developers in Canada (CAD per month):

  • Junior: 5,800
  • Middle: 6,600
  • Senior: 8,520

Average salaries for QA engineers in Canada (CAD per month):

  • Junior: 6,200
  • Middle: 8,800
  • Senior: 10,200

IT salaries also vary depending on the location. For instance, IT salaries in Alberta and Ontario are above the national average and wages in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are below average. 

Average IT salaries in Canadian cities

Keep in mind that taxes in Canada are quite high. For example, if you live in Ontario and make C$72,900 a year, you will be taxed C$18,239 (25%). That means that your net pay will be C$54,661 per year or C$ 4,555 per month. Taxes are higher in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces (about 30%).

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Cost of living in Canada

The average IT salary of C$6,100 per month before taxes (≈ 25%) is enough to live a good life in Canada. The average expenses for a single person do not usually exceed C$2,400 per month. This sum includes the following monthly expenses (CAD):

  • Rental accommodation: 1,400
  • Food: 400
  • Leisure activities: 200
  • Utilities and Internet: 200
  • Transportation: 165

Keep in mind that life in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and northern territories is more expensive than in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec. Toronto and Vancouver are the least affordable cities in Canada.

Suburbs can be more affordable if you don’t mind long commute times and transport costs. The cost of a new car plus insurance and monthly fuel costs can reach C$1,000 per month (C$12,000 per annum).

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