Average Executive Director Salary in Canada

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The average salary for an Executive Director in Canada is C$72,909.
MEDIAN C$72,909
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C$46k - C$123k
C$202 - C$25k
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C$2k - C$21k
C$8k - C$31k
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C$45k - C$123k

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Job Description for Executive Director

Executive Director Tasks
  • Direct and track operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the press, partners, the community and clients.
  • Supervise department heads and conduct performance reviews.
  • Develop, maintain, expand and promote departments, services and offerings.
  • Analyze operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.
The top respondents for the job title Executive Director are from the companies Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Revera Living Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Cineplex Odeon where the average pay is C$126,403. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Revera Living Inc and Habitat For Humanity, earning around C$80,000 and C$80,000, respectively. Big Brothers Big Sisters pays the lowest at around C$54,500. United Way and Revera Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying C$62,119 and C$74,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Executive Director

Skills in Leadership and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fundraising, Operations Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Director

An entry-level Executive Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$58,989 based on 144 salaries. An early career Executive Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$61,100 based on 665 salaries. A mid-career Executive Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$66,686 based on 764 salaries. An experienced Executive Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$77,694 based on 918 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$84,938.
Employees with Executive Director in their job title in Toronto, Ontario earn an average of 22.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (19.7% more) and Ottawa, Ontario (14.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Halifax, Nova Scotia (19.1% less) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (4.5% less).

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