The ten highest (and ten lowest) paying jobs in Canada
I was just looking at some research documents I had collected over the past few weeks for something to write about the state of labour in this country for Canada Day. We nerdy web editors like to tie-in our editorial to calendar events. (You’ll see a plethora of office romance stories pop up around Valentine’s Day, working mom stories around Mother’s Day, etc.)
And I found some recent data from Stats Can on Canadian salaries. The average Canadian weekly wage is $896.63. That means we’re earning just over $46,000 a year, which is up 3.1% over this time last year.
That’s the average. But it’s the highs and lows that are always more interesting to talk about. So here’s a look at the highest (and the lowest) paying jobs in the country.
The ten highest paying jobs in Canada:
Senior managers of financial, communications, and other businesses
Senior managers of goods production, utilities, transportation, and construction
General practitioners and family physicians
Senior managers of trade, broadcasting, and other services
Banking, credit, and investment managers
And the 10 lowest paying jobs in Canada:
Sewing machine operators
Ironing, pressing and finishing occupations
Artisans and craftspersons
Service station attendants
Food service counter attendants and food preparers
Food and beverage servers
Babysitters, nannies and parents’ helpers
These numbers are useful as discussion pieces, but they don’t tell the full story. Over the course of my career, I’ve held low paying jobs that I’ve loved (farm, horse stable, bookstore) and high-paying jobs that I disliked (assembly line, ad copy writer). What I’ve learned is that liking what you do is more important than what it pays. So do something you like. Happy Canada Day weekend everyone.
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