How much does a Graphic Designer make in Canada?


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People say that “money doesn’t buy happiness,” but boy, it helps!

One of the main concerns when moving to another country or when you start a new career is: will I earn enough money?

In case you ever wondered if it was worth taking a chance to #StudyAbroad, here’s some info that might answer your questions and give you some perspective.

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Let’s start from the beginning:

What is the minimum wage in Canada?

Canada doesn’t have a country-wide minimum wage, as every province establishes their own parameters. There is a Federal Rate, which .applies to workers and interns in federally regulated private sectors, including banks, postal and courier services, and interprovincial air, rail, road, and marine transportation.

The minimum wage applies regardless of how employees are paid – hourly, salary, commission or on an incentive basis. If an employee’s wage is below minimum wage for the hours they worked, the employer must top up their payment so that it’s equal to minimum wage.

So, talking about minimum wage, we’re gonna split it in two: Federal Rate and province-wise.

Canada (Federal rate): $15.55 / hour - British Columbia: $15.65/hour starting June 1, 2022

British Columbia

$15.20 General workers
$15.20 Liquor servers
($15.65 June 1, 2022)

*Source: Payworks

Over the past five years, B.C.’s general minimum wage has increased from $11.35 to $15.65 per hour. The increases have benefited close to 400,000 British Columbians over those years, the majority of whom are women, immigrants and youth.

Median wage for Graphic Designer

Did you know?

In Canada, standard work hours are eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week.

Also, the minimum wage is estimated in hours.By that standard, the Median Wage for a Graphic Designer in Canada is… $27.47 / hour.

That translates to around $57,000 a year - 40hour/week

In British Columbia, where CIRA College is located, $28.13 / hour is the Median wage for a Graphic Designer. That translates to around $58,500 a year.

Median wage for Graphic Designer

Median wage refers to the borderline between the highest and lowest (50:50) pay of workers in a specific position or occupation.

How much do Graphic Designers earn?

Hourly, graphic designers and illustrators usually earn between $18.00 / hour and $43.33 / hour in Canada. Yearly salary: between $37,000 and $90,000.

In British Columbia, graphic designers usually earn between $19.05 / hour and $50.00 / hour. Yearly salary: between $39,000 and $104,000.

This makes British Columbia one of the highest-paying places in the country.
Find out how much Graphic Designers earned last year in each region in Canada.
Community/AreaWages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 18.00 27.47 43.33
British Columbia19.0528.1350.00
New Brunswick18.0019.8426.92
Newfoundland and Labrador16.5026.0032.00
Northwest TerritoriesN/AN/AN/A
Nova Scotia16.0024.0438.46
Prince Edward Island13.7023.0841.03
Yukon TerritoryN/AN/AN/A


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