2017 CPA member compensation report

From June to July 2017, provincial accounting bodies and CPA Canada conducted a compensation survey of Canadian Professional Accountants (CPAs). Learn about the results.

  • Findings from the 2017 CPA Member Compensation Report reveal that members holding the CPA designation have a median annual compensation of $107K, and an average of $146K among members (based on 2016 compensation data).
  • From a provincial standpoint, median compensation within the provinces was highest in Alberta ($125K), followed by Ontario and Saskatchewan ($110K in both cases). Alberta also had the highest average compensation of $162K, but experienced a decrease compared to the 2014 average of $184K (taken from the 2015 report). A substantial portion of the net decrease in average compensation is attributable to Alberta.
  • Among industries with at least 100 members reporting, the highest median compensation can be found in holding companies, mining, and oil & gas (with $164K, $145K, and $144K respectively). The industry with the highest median compensation gain (based on the percentage increase between 2014 and 2016) was the holding/conglomerate industry, with an increase of 12 per cent.

For further information, download the full report. Regional reports are available below, as well as detailed information on the maps and graphs shown here.