Canada New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey

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Whether it’s hiring new graduates or bringing on undergraduate students for internships and co-ops, recruitment and retention can be challenging in today’s tight labor market. To gain the upper-hand, you need in-depth insights on how to competitively compensate the next wave of talent entering the workforce.

Make strategic HR decisions, with regards to young talent, using the Canada New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey. Get your starting pay right, with compensation data across nine degree types and 15 discipline types. Gain valuable insights into the top recruitment and compensation trends with data from 79 organizations from across the country. Evaluate your talent strategy by comparing:

  • Annual starting salaries for new graduates
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly rates for summer interns
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns
Do you have the data necessary to better position your workforce for the future?
Survey Details at a Glance
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  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • 2019 Participation


The salaries and pay rates collected in this survey are applicable to new graduate and student hires over the last 12 months. Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.

Salary Survey Methodology
Mercer’s salary surveys are designed using the most accurate and up-to-date HR metrics and market data practices. Data is collected from HR professionals at participating organizations. It is then analyzed for validity, thoroughness, and market representation based on the organization´s size, structure, geographic region, or any combination of these factors. A minimum number of incumbents, organizations, and distinct organizations are required in order to report each Mercer data element. If minimums are not met, the market data is suppressed, ensuring that you always receive the highest level of data confidentiality.

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Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 79

Based on data from the 2018 Canada New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey.

Data Collected

  • Annual starting salaries for new graduates
  • Hourly rates for summer interns
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Sign-on bonuses for new graduates
  • Data Analyzed

    Types of degrees
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
      • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)/Bachelor in Commerce (BCom)
      • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng/BSc Eng)
      • Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc)
      • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      • Community college diploma/Associate degree
    • Master of Arts (MA)
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • Master of Science (MSc)
    Discipline types
    • Accounting
    • Agriculture
    • Biology
    • Business/Finance
    • Chemistry
    • Computer science
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Human resources
    • Humanities and social sciences
    • Information technology
    • Law
    • Life sciences
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Pharmacy
    • Physics
    • Atlantic Canada
    • Greater Calgary
    • Greater Montreal
    • Greater Toronto
    • Greater Vancouver
    • Manitoba
    • Other Alberta
    • Other British Columbia
    • Other Ontario
    • Other Quebec
    • Saskatchewan
    Position Families Analyzed
    • Co-op student
    • New graduate
    • Summer intern


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    • 2018 results are available for purchase.


    • Participation Opens: April 29
    • Participation Deadline: June 14
    • Report Available: August

    Participating Companies

    • Agrium, Inc.
    • AltaGas, Ltd.
    • Amec Foster Wheeler Americas, Ltd.
    • ARC Resources, Ltd.
    • ATCO, Ltd.
    • Bank of Canada
    • Bayer, Inc.
    • Bell Canada
    • CAA Club Group
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    • Canada Post Corporation
    • Canada Post Corporation - Purolator, Inc.
    • Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
    • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
    • CBRE Limited
    • CENX, Inc.
    • CIBC Mellon
    • City of Mississauga
    • Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated
    • Costco Wholesale Corporation - Costco Wholesale Canada, Ltd.
    • CRH Canada Group Inc.
    • David Suzuki Foundation
    • DBRS Limited
    • Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
    • Efficiency Engineering, Inc.
    • Egg Farmers of Canada
    • Ericsson Canada, Inc.
    • Ernst & Young, LLP
    • Estee Lauder Cosmetics, Ltd. (Canada)
    • Federated Co-operative, Ltd.
    • First Nations Health Authority
    • Fortis, Inc. - FortisAlberta, Inc.
    • GHD
    • Gibson Energy, Inc.
    • Groupe Dynamite, Inc.
    • Hatch, Ltd.
    • Hewitt Equipment Limited
    • HollyFrontier Corporation - Petro?Canada Lubricants, Inc.
    • Holt Renfrew & Co., Ltd.
    • Hydro Ottawa, Ltd.
    • IAMGOLD Corporation
    • Imperial Tobacco Canada, Ltd.
    • Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
    • Information Services Corporation
    • InfoVista Canada, Inc.
    • Innovation Place
    • Interfor Corporation
    • J.D. Irving, Ltd.
    • JTI-Macdonald Corp.
    • Kiewit Energy Canada Co.
    • Kinectrics, Inc.
    • Kinross Gold Corporation
    • Klenzoid Canada, Inc.
    • Kodak Canada ULC
    • Kuehne + Nagel Canada
    • London Hydro, Inc.
    • LoyaltyOne, Inc.
    • Mackenzie Financial Corporation
    • Magna International, Inc.
    • Manulife Financial Corp. - John Hancock
    • Maple Leaf Foods, Inc.
    • Maple Reinders Group, Ltd.
    • MCAP Commercial LP
    • MNP LLP
    • Morrison Hershfield, Ltd.
    • Motor Coach Industries, Ltd.
    • Nalcor Energy
    • New Gold, Inc.
    • NexJ Systems, Inc.
    • Odyssey Reinsurance Company
    • Ontario Energy Board
    • Ontario Medical Association
    • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan - The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Ltd.
    • Parkland Fuel Corporation
    • Procter & Gamble, Inc.
    • Raymond James Financial - Raymond James, Ltd.
    • Region of Halton
    • Rio Tinto
    • Rogers Communications, Inc.
    • Ross Video, Ltd.
    • Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc.
    • SC Johnson & Son, Ltd.
    • Seven Generations Energy, Ltd.
    • Sherritt International Corporation
    • Sleeman Breweries, Ltd.
    • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
    • StandardAero
    • State Street Trust Company Canada
    • Sun Life Financial
    • Teck Resources, Ltd.
    • Tembec Industries, Inc.
    • The Law Society of Upper Canada
    • THK Rhythm Automotive Canada, Ltd.
    • Toronto Hydro Corporation
    • TransCanada Corporation
    • Vancouver Airport Authority
    • WorleyParsons Canada Services, Ltd.
    • WSP Canada, Inc.
    • York Catholic District School Board

    2019 Participation

    2019 Survey Participation opens April 29. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

    • A discount on survey results!
    • An exclusive invitation to survey events - attend results webcasts and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
    • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.
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