Co-op salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including your previous work experience, the industry you're working in and the responsibilities of your co-op job.

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Average monthly co-op salaries (2018–19)

Overall

Overall – Undergraduate Overall – Graduate
$2,886 $3,637

By program

Program Average salary
Biochemistry and Microbiology $2,334
Biology $2,487
Business (Commerce) $2,564
Business (MBA) $3,589
Business (MGB) $2,673 (only 300 hours per work term)
Chemistry $2,721
Computer Science (undergraduate) $3,197
Computer Science (graduate) $4,500
Earth and Ocean Sciences $2,870
Education – Coaching Studies $4,895
Education – Graduate Education $3,380
Engineering (undergraduate) $3,092
Engineering (graduate) $4,047
Health Information Science (undergraduate) $3,029
Health Information Science (graduate) $3,203
Humanities and Fine Arts (undergraduate) $2,570
Humanities and Fine Arts (graduate) $2,956
Kinesiology $2,482
Law $3,457
Mathematics and Statistics (undergraduate) $3,229
Mathematics and Statistics (graduate) $3,787
Physics and Astronomy $2,824
Public Administration – MPA $3,680
Recreation and Health Education $2,225
Social Sciences (undergraduate) $2,636
Social Sciences (graduate) $2,867

Engineering and computer science

These engineering and computer science co-op salaries are from the Spring, Summer and Fall 2019 co-op terms. They are based on 37.5 hours per week of work and include placements in Canada only.

Note: W-1 to W-6 = Work term 1 to work term 6

All engineering and computer science co-op students (monthly)

Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,222 $3,625
Median (middle) $3,120 $3,466
Mode (most frequent) $3,000 $3,466
Standard deviation $850 $768
Number of work terms 524 794

Biomedical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $2,734 $3,076
Median (middle) $2,686 $3,000
Mode (most frequent) $2,426 $3,006
Standard deviation $498 $888
Number of work terms 36 32

Civil engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,422 $3,739
Median (middle) $3,380 $3,565
Mode (most frequent) $3,466 $3,466
Standard deviation $679 $725
Number of work terms 49 121

Computer engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,168 $3,732
Median (middle) $3,049 $3,806
Mode (most frequent) $3,120 N/A
Standard deviation $757 $839
Number of work terms 16 17

Computer science (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,198 $3,413
Median (middle) $3,120 $3,337
Mode (most frequent) $3,000 $3,000
Standard deviation $604 $504
Number of work terms 129 87

Electrical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,617 $3800
Median (middle) $3,331 $3,562
Mode (most frequent) $3,120 $3,813
Standard deviation $1,157 $835
Number of work terms 80 222

Mechanical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,188 $3,546
Median (middle) $3,199 $3,466
Mode (most frequent) $3,466 $3,813
Standard deviation $918 $719
Number of work terms 101 215

Software engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $2,919 $3,532
Median (middle) $3,000 $3,160
Mode (most frequent) $3,000 $3,000
Standard deviation $674 745
Number of work terms 68 86