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 (2016–17)

Overall

Overall – Undergraduate Overall – Graduate
$2,689 $3,381

By program

Program Average salary
Biochemistry and Microbiology $2,141
Biology $2,385
Business (Commerce) $2,204
Business (MBA) $3,219
Business (MGB) $2,487 (only 300 hours per work term)
Chemistry $2,538
Computer Science (undergraduate) $3,108
Computer Science (graduate) $3,550
Earth and Ocean Sciences $2,827
Education – Coaching Studies $3,535
Education – Graduate Education $3,102
Engineering (undergraduate) $3,062
Engineering (graduate) $3,894
Health Information Science $2,902
Humanities and Fine Arts $2,342
Kinesiology $2,138
Law $3,200
Mathematics and Statistics $2,533
Physics and Astronomy $2,431
Public Administration – MPA $3,355
Public Administration – Dispute Resolution $3,218
Recreation and Health Education $1,921
Social Sciences $2,465

Engineering and computer science

These engineering and computer science co-op salaries are from the Fall 2016, Summer 2017 and Summer 2017 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

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5 W-6
Mean $3,058 $3,258 $3,391 $3,490 $3,623 $4,420
Median $3,017 $3,120 $3,293 $3,400 $3,587 $4,613
Mode $3,466 $3,000 $3,466 $3,120 $3,813 $5,687
Standard deviation $823 $830 $787 $814 $824 $1,317
Number of work terms 560 534 429 341 50 0

Biomedical engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Mean $2,308 $2,890 $2,944 $2,202 $2,578
Median $2,247 $2,762 $3,120 $2,195 $2,578
Mode $1,600 $2,762 $1,175 $1,438 N/A
Standard deviation $634 $878 $1,040 $814 N/A
Number of work terms 20 25 19 12 1

Civil engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Mean $3,018 $3,377 $3,354 $3,425 $3,074
Median $2,978 $3,412 $3,466 $3,466 $2,800
Mode $2,717 $3,986 $2,600 $3,466 $2,775
Standard deviation $740 $1,113 $734 $602 $640
Number of work terms 56 71 55 46 5

Computer engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Mean $3,254 $3,095 $3,434 $3,581 $3,336
Median $3,250 $3,042 $3,217 $3,397 $3,336
Mode $3,052 $2,925 $3,217 $3,293 N/A
Standard deviation $268 $349 $436 $723 $429
Number of work terms 7 16 9 12 2

Computer science

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Mean $3,094 $3,243 $3,345 $3,729 $4,071
Median $3,106 $3,000 $3,250 $3,449 $3,883
Mode $3,120 $3,000 $3,000 $3,120 $5,200
Standard deviation $731 $785 $477 $1,016 $954
Number of work terms 139 109 53 31 6

Electrical engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5 W-6
Mean $3,142 $3,350 $3,382 $3,419 $3,712 $3,120
Median $3,000 $3,151 $3,280 $3,293 $3,666 $3,120
Mode $2,426 $3,466 $3,466 $2,800 $2,730 N/A
Standard deviation $991 $841 $823 $650 $526 N/A
Number of work terms 117 106 119 91 13 1

Mechanical engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5 W-6
Mean $3,106 $3,223 $3,430 $3,648 $3,555 $5,150
Median $3,089 $3,160 $3,277 $3,399 $3,466 $5,516
Mode $3,466 $2,946 $3,232 $3,000 $3,813 $5,687
Standard deviation $872 $755 $887 $945 $955 $861
Number of work terms 109 129 106 103 19 4

Software engineering

W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Mean $2,919 $3,152 $3,537 $3,493 $4,078
Median $3,000 $3,120 $3,250 $3,500 $4,183
Mode $3,466 $3,000 $3,200 $3,120 N/A
Standard deviation $540 $631 $726 $540 $847
Number of work terms 72 62 54 46 4