According to our co-op roles and responsibilities, you must receive some form of compensation for your co-op work terms in order to receive credit. This compensation varies widely depending on your employer, your program of study, your work term level or your overall work experience. 

We record and publish average earnings information annually in the charts below for students and employers to use as a reference. Please note that employers are not required to follow these rates of pay, but can consult them when determining your salary.

Average earnings for Canadian work terms in 2020

Faculty or program Work
term 1
Work
term 2
Work
term 3
Work
term 4
Work
term 5
Work
term 6
Faculty of Arts $18.00
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $25.50

$19.10
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $29.00

$20.76
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $35.00

$22.05
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $38.00

$21.85
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $35.00

N/A
Faculty of Engineering (includes Software Engineering) $18.50
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $28.00

$20.40
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $35.00

$22.08
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $36.00

$24.20
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $39.00

$25.70
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $44.00

$26.66
(average)

Low: $17.00
High: $50.00

Faculty of Engineering - Architecture $19.15
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $22.00

$19.50
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $22.00

$19.60
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $22.50

$22.04
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $25.00

$22.15
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $28.00

$22.20
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $32.00

Faculty of Environment $17.20
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $23.50

$19.00
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $26.00

$19.65
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $27.80

$21.40
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $30.00

$21.95
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $33.50

N/A
Faculty of Health $15.75
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $23.00

$16.70
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $23.00

$17.90
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $24.00

$17.95
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $26.50

$19.05
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $27.00

N/A
Faculty of Mathematics (includes Computer Science and Computing & Financial Management) $19.35
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $32.00

$22.40
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $40.00

$24.90
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $50.00

$27.25
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $55.00

$28.80
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $60.00

$31.25
(average)

Low: $15.00
High: $63.00

Faculty of Mathematics - Actuarial Science $20.40
(average)

Low: $16.00
High: $28.00

$22.65
(average)

Low: $16.00
High: $25.00

$25.20
(average)

Low: $16.00
High: $30.00

$27.10
(average)

Low: $19.00
High: $32.50

$29.70
(average)

Low: $23.00
High: $35.00

$29.75
(average)

Low: $24.00
High: $38.00

Faculty of Science $17.30
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $24.50

$17.90
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $25.00

$19.40
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $28.00

$20.64
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $35.00

$21.40
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $33.00

N/A
Faculty of Science - Pharmacy $17.18
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $24.90

$18.00
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $25.00

$18.22
(average)

Low: $14.00
High: $25.25

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 *All Canadian work term data is reported in Canadian Dollars for data collected January - December 2020

Unpaid/underpaid work terms

In some situations, unpaid co-op jobs will be approved for work term credit, as long as the job conforms to the guidelines for unpaid/underpaid work terms.

Note: This data is provided for informational purposes only. Co-operative and Experiential Education at UWaterloo does not establish or recommend pay level for co-op students, and this information should only be used as a guideline to be reconciled with the known market conditions for the position. Please exercise diligence in applying this information to your specific situation.

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