Registered Nurse Salary Canada

Average Registered Nurse Salary Canada is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. Registered Nurses work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The salaries of Registered Nurses vary depending on the location and the setting.

The assumption was made that the Registered Nurses reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year. Furthermore, the nursing profession in Canada is regulated by Provinces and Territories.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Registered Nurse Salary Canada Data:
Median Hourly

Country Low Median High
Canadian 24.75 CAD 36.45 CAD 40.31 CAD
United States $25.30 $37.26 $41.21


Country Low Median High
Canadian 43,308 CAD 63,773 CAD 70,534 CAD
United States $44,275 $65,205 $72,118

The lowest registered nurse salary Canada is less than $43,500 CAD. The highest paid registered nurse earns over $72,000 CAD. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 Provinces and Territories
The best provinces and territories for a registered nurse salary Canada are Calgary-Alberta, Ottawa-Ontario, London-Woodstock Area-Ontario, Edmonton-Alberta and Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia.

Other Industries that Employ Registered Nurses
The Canadian Labour Market Information site lists the government, schools, securities brokerages, and private businesses as also employing registered nurses.

Employment Data
There are over 261,000 registered nurses in Canada. Over 75% work in hospitals and acute care settings.

Where They Work

Of all the Registered Nurses employed in Canada the majority work in hospitals. Approximately 25% of all registered nurses work in doctor's offices, clinics, nursing homes, home health and other medically related fields.

Private Practice vs. Employment
A rapidly growing trend in the healthcare arena is the use of the travel nurse. Travel nurses agree to take short term employment contracts in return for additional incentives such as housing, travel allowances and bonuses.

They usually work directly for a regulated nursing agency but a few of them actually negotiate their own employment contracts and are truly self-employed. The U.S. employs a number of Canadian nurses through this practice.

Other self-employment opportunities exist for nurses as legal consultants, educators and a variety of health care related small businesses.

Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.
A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year.