Everything You Need to Know About PSW Salaries
Thinking about becoming a personal support worker (PSW)? Interested in this career path but
not sure about how much a PSW salary in Canada is? Well, this is the article for you. Let’s go
straight to the point.
How much does a PSW make a year in Canada?
Across Canada, an average personal support worker salary is $38,025 a year, which is the same
as $19.50 per hour. Like it happens in every other career, entry-level workers with one to four
years’ experience make less money, around $31,000, while workers with more than 10 years of
seniority make more, around $47,000. This information was gathered from talent.com and
payscale.com, based on data from more than 1,500 salaries.
Now that we cleared that up, let's go more in-depth about personal support workers’ salaries in
Canada. These tend to vary depending on other factors apart from years of experience. For
instance, a personal support worker's salary can increase depending on the city or province
where they live, the type of place where they work, the type of work performed, particular skills
they might have, their overall education, and if the worker is unionized or not.
Regardless of these variables, it is considered that PSWs are among the highest paid in this
category across Canada, according to the Department of Employment and Social Development.
The category is “Assisting occupations in support of health services”, which has the National
Occupational Classification (NOC) number 341.
FUN FACT: The NOC is Canada’s unique system for describing occupations. It tells people
information like general duties, educational requirements, and more. It is especially helpful for
new immigrants, young workers, and people who are changing their careers later in life. The
system classifies occupations depending on skill levels and duties, assigning a number for each
occupation or group of similar ones.
Average PSW Wages in Ontario
Ontario has more than 100,000 active personal support workers and many mor