So, how much are we earning? The average Canadian salaries by industry and region

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[Updated November 2016] Statistics Canada recently updated their report on average salaries across the country,  and it seems we’re taking home a little more than we were in 2015.

As of September 2016, the average wage for Canadian employees was $952 a week – or just under $50,000 a year. This represents a 0.4% increase over the same period last year.

Here’s a look at the most recent average Canadian salary by province (or territory):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – $52,572
  • New Brunswick – $44,044
  • Nova Scotia – $44,326
  • Prince Edward Island – $43,239
  • Quebec – $46,114
  • Ontario – $50,589
  • Manitoba – $46,363
  • Saskatchewan -$51,057
  • Alberta – $58,133
  • British Columbia – $47,914
  • Yukon – $54,367
  • Northwest Territories – $73,221
  • Nunavut – $65,403

Over the past year, the largest gains in salary were seen in the finance and insurance field, where earnings increased 7.4% to $65,348 per year. Information and cultural industries saw the next biggest increase in average salary over the last 12 months, at 5.8%.

Here are the average Canadian salaries by sector (based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System):

  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction – $107,065
  • Utilities – $89,955
  • Construction – $62,461
  • Manufacturing – $56,446
  • Retail – $29,398
  • Transportation and warehousing – $52,383
  • Information and cultural industries – $66,309
  • Finance and insurance – $65,348
  • Real estate and rental and leasing – $48,887
  • Professional, scientific and technical services – $69,032
  • Educational services – $53,109
  • Health care and social assistance – $44,949
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation – $30,396
  • Accommodation and food services – $19,430
  • Public administration – $63,894

Curious about what you can earn with jobs that are currently available? Here are the average salaries for the 10 most in-demand jobs in Canada:

  • Customer service representative – $23,713 – $45,668  [View jobs]
  • Administrative assistant – $27,893 – $51,040 [View jobs]
  • Registered nurse – $45,677 – $87,976 [View jobs]
  • Sales associate – $21,846 – $42,310 [View jobs]
  • Sales representative – $34,674 – $83,099 [View jobs]
  • Cashier – $21,183 – $29,156 [View jobs]
  • Receptionist – $24,274 – $40,485 [View jobs]
  • Project manager – $43,790 – $103,500 [View jobs]
  • Executive assistant  – $36,268 – $69,275 [View jobs]
  • Account executive  – $34,535 – C$76,985 [View jobs]

Where do you sit on the salary spectrum? Want something higher? It’s time to look for something better.

 

See also:

The 10 most in-demand jobs and what they pay
Top 5 high-paying jobs with rising salaries

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