A career in healthcare can be rewarding in more ways than one: the options for new grads are endless. Naturally, the potential careers in this field are diverse and each require their own unique skill set.
Demand for healthcare professionals will never disappear and many of these professions boast high unionization rates. For example, 80% of Canadian Nurses are members of a union and Social Workers also have a greater unionization rate than that of the general workforce.
It’s important to keep in mind when evaluating salaries that many healthcare workers are compensated based on an hourly wage. This is to ensure overtime pay is distributed where required.
The Canadian city with the highest salary for every profession (with the exception of Chiropractor) is, not surprisingly Edmonton, given Alberta’s super low unemployment rate of just 4.5% – the lowest in Canada.
Regardless of the path you choose to take as a recent healthcare grad, you can rest assured that you are and will always be needed. If working in an industry that is so rapidly changing due to advances in technology isn’t enough then remember, your salary will only go up even from this promising point at which it starts.
Here’s a look at the average starting salaries for some popular entry level healthcare positions across Canada (these figures include average annual bonuses for each region).
Please keep in mind that these salaries and wages reflect currently available data, and are best used as a starting point for more in-depth compensation research.
|Registered Nurse (RN) average starting salary and hourly wage|
Annual salary: $42,266
Hourly wage: $27
Annual salary: $43,837
Hourly wage: $29
Annual salary: $45,917
Hourly wage: $25
Annual salary: $41,304
Hourly wage: $21
|Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) average starting salary and hourly wage|
Annual salary: $38,228
Hourly wage: $22
Annual salary: $39,509
Hourly wage: $24
Annual salary: $38,899
Hourly wage: $22
Annual salary: $37,359
Hourly wage: $20
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