Average Starting Salaries For New Grad Healthcare Jobs: 2013

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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
Vancouver:

Annual salary: $42,266

Hourly wage: $27

Edmonton

Annual salary: $43,837

Hourly wage: $29

Toronto:

Annual salary: $45,917

Hourly wage: $25

Montreal:

Annual salary: $41,304

Hourly wage: $21

Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) average starting salary and hourly wage
Vancouver:

Annual salary: $38,228

Hourly wage: $22

Edmonton:

Annual salary: $39,509

Hourly wage: $24

Toronto:

Annual salary: $38,899

Hourly wage: $22

Montreal:

Annual salary: $37,359

Hourly wage: $20

Chiropractor

Vancouver: $53,749

Edmonton: $55,614

Toronto: $56,863

Montreal: $53,609

Speech Language Pathologist

Vancouver: $51,349

Edmonton: $54,566

Toronto: $51,946

Montreal: $48,919

Social Worker

Vancouver: $42,388

Edmonton: $44,470

Toronto: $43,057

Montreal: $40,304

Junior Physiotherapist

Vancouver: $31,877

Edmonton: $33,191

Toronto: $32,291

Montreal: $30,969

Pharmacist

Vancouver: $73,586

Edmonton: $78,169

Toronto: $72,838

Montreal: $68,409

Pharmacy Assistant

Vancouver: $26,085

Edmonton: $26,935

Toronto: $26,350

Montreal: $25,300

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