Do you need to know the highest paying jobs in Canada? According to StatCan, the average salary for Canadian employees is currently $952 CAD per week, or just under $50,000 a year. Most of the jobs on this high-paying list earn at least three times as much (and the lowest-paying occupations pay less than half the average).
Additionally, career prospects in Canada offer great income opportunities in the next five to ten years as employers grapple with skill shortages in workers.
According to the latest CFIB, there were 430,000 private sector vacancies that remained unfilled in the third quarter of 2018 because employers were unable to find qualified candidates.
Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs In Canada
Below is a table showing jobs and the average annual salaries:
|Job Name||Average Annual Salary|
|Commercial Operations Manager||$164,000|
Most of the lowest paying jobs simply pay the minimum wage for whatever region the job is located in. At the lower end of the scale it’s about $9.95 an hour, and a little over $20,000; per year, assuming they worked full time and are paid 40 hours per week.
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
- Waiter – $20,091 – $42,837
- Restaurant host/hostess – $21,113 – $29,120
- Gas Station Attendant – $21,052 – $32,357
- Food and Beverage Server – $22,360 – $30,369
- Food Counter Helper/Kitchen Help – $21,184 – $32,888
- Babysitters, babysitters and parent helpers – $20,880 – $37,354
Please note that this list does not take tips into account. Waiters and waitresses, particularly in high-end establishments, can make a very comfortable income at low hourly wages, but the bulk of their income comes from tips.
The federal government’s Working in Canada website breaks down wages for different occupations by province and even by city. It’s a useful tool to see how your salary compares and to prepare for your next salary negotiation.