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 (2019–20)

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) $3,228
Computer Science (graduate) $4,272
Earth and Ocean Sciences $2,870
Education – Coaching Studies $4,895
Education – Graduate Education $3,380
Engineering (undergraduate) $3,493
Engineering (graduate) $4,161
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 2020 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) $3,304 $3,592
Median (middle) $3,250 $3,467
Mode (most frequent) $3,000 $3,467
Standard deviation $737 $914
Number of work terms 431 711

Biomedical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,117 $3,199
Median (middle) $3,098 $2,966
Mode (most frequent) $3,813 $4,025
Standard deviation $513 $883
Number of work terms 29 49

Civil engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,366 $3,695
Median (middle) $3,467 $3,640
Mode (most frequent) $3,467 $4,103
Standard deviation $593 $711
Number of work terms 63 101

Computer engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,096 $4,240
Median (middle) $3,117 $3,687
Mode (most frequent) $4,000 $2,500
Standard deviation $796 $1,856
Number of work terms 12 20

Computer science (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,240 $3,357
Median (middle) $3,120 $3,293
Mode (most frequent) $3,496 $3,000
Standard deviation $756 $597
Number of work terms 110 86

Electrical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,402 $3683
Median (middle) $3,401 $3,467
Mode (most frequent) $3,467 $3,467
Standard deviation $696 $931
Number of work terms 42 143

MADS (monthly)

Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $4,373 N/A
Median (middle) $4,327 N/A
Mode (most frequent) $5,272 N/A
Standard deviation $816 N/A
Number of work terms 10 N/A

Mechanical engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,162 $3,490
Median (middle) $3,120 $3,337
Mode (most frequent) $3,467 $3,120
Standard deviation $720 $745
Number of work terms 89 194

MTIS (monthly)

Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $4,136 $4,402
Median (middle) $3,989 $4,201
Mode (most frequent) $5,395 N/A
Standard deviation $867 $696
Number of work terms 24 8

Software engineering (monthly)


Junior (work terms 1 + 2) Senior (work terms 3 + 4)
Mean (average) $3,102 $3,738
Median (middle) $3,000 $3,467
Mode (most frequent) $3,000 $3,813
Standard deviation $466 1,147
Number of work terms 48 110