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The 10 highest and lowest paying jobs in Canada

The 10 highest and lowest paying jobs in Canada

We recently updated our salary report on what the average Canadian earns. Now we’re taking a look at what the top ten high-paying jobs are right now and which occupations pay the least. How does yours compare?

According to Statistics Canada, the average wage for Canadian employees is currently $952 per week – or just under $50,000 a year. Most of the jobs on our high-paying list earn at least three times that much (And the lowest paying occupations pay less than half the average).

The highest paying jobs in Canada:

Specialist physicians – $117,00-$375,000
Dentist – $53,805 – $213,671
Family physicians – $58,015 – $310,054
Lawyers – $48,630 – $146,431
Federal judges -$308,600- $396,700
Senior managers of Goods Production, Utilities, Transportation, and Construction – $75,159 – $141,569
Senior managers in Finance and Communications – $77,805 – $129,629
Actuaries – $45,820 – $129,740
Engineering managers – $68,100-$172,000
Airline pilots – $35,233 – $146,274
Most of the lowest paying jobs will simply pay the minimum wage of whatever region the job happens to be located in. Towards the low end of the scale that is roughly $9.95 an hour earning someone just over $20,000; assuming they worked full time and were paid for 40 hours a week.

The lowest paying jobs in Canada:

Sewing machine operator – $22,514 – $41,546
Cook, fast food – $20,994 – $26,026
Cashier – $21,183 – $29,156
Dishwasher – $21,286 – $28,540
Bartender -$20,091 – $42,837
Restaurant host/hostess – $21,113 – $29,120
Service station attendant – $21,052 – $32,357
Food and beverage server – $22,360 – $30,369
Food counter attendant / kitchen help – $21,184 – $32,888
Babysitters, nannies, and parent’s helpers – $20,880 – $37,354
Please keep in mind that this list does not take tipping into account. Bartenders and wait staff, particularly at higher end establishments, can make very comfortable incomes with low hourly wages but the bulk of their income coming from tips.

The federal government’s Working in Canada website breaks down the salaries for different occupation by province and even by city. It’s a useful tool for seeing how your paycheque measures up – and preparing for your next salary negotiation.

*Salary ranges posted in CAD, courtesy of Payscale.

 

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