Canadian Money

The highest and lowest paying jobs in Canada

Written by Peter Harris
Posted on June 27, 2015

We recently updated our salary report on what the average Canadian earns. Now, just in time for Canada Day, 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 $943 per week – or just over $49,000 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:
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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 – $19,760
  • Cashier – $20,700
  • Ironing, pressing and finishing occupations $20,700
  • Artisans $21,320
  • Bartender – $21,000
  • Harvesting labourer – $19,750
  • Service station attendant – $19,750
  • Food and beverage server – $22,000
  • Food counter attendant / kitchen help – $19,750
  • Babysitters, nannies, and parent’s helpers – $19,750

Of course this doesn’t take into account tipping. 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. [See: Confessions of the $100,000 waitress.]

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.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!


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