Earlier this week, we told you about the top ten bachelor degrees that Canadians should pursue to land the highest salaries. Of those ten, several were in the engineering, health and science industries.
Now, we're giving you a more in-depth look at the current highest paying jobs across the country. A report from Statistics Canada reveals the highest and lowest earning careers in the country. The report also indicates that, as of January 2018, the average Canadian salary is $26.83 an hour or $55,806 a year for full-time, nine-to-five employees.
Here's a look at the highest paid jobs in Canada and their average salaries - some will definitely surprise you:
- Specialist physicians – $180,440
- Dentists – $149,760
- Petroleum engineers – $130,520
- Engineering managers – $116,600
- University professors and lecturers – $120,848
- Other managers in public administration – $117,000
- Geoscientists and oceanographers – $115,440
- Commissioned police officers – $112,944
- Chemical engineers – $112,736
But, don't worry if your dream job didn't make the list. There's a proven trick to significantly increase your salary without having to switch industries. But, it will require you to switch companies. According to Glassdoor, in today's market, when you leave your job for a pay raise, the new job can pay as much as 20% more.
Unfortunately, that trick only really benefits salaried employees. Hourly wage earners, particularly in the food service and hospitality industries, are among the lowest paid employees in Canada.
Here are the top nine in Canada, and their average hourly earnings:
- Bartenders – $11.50
- Food and beverage servers – $11.85
- Maîtres d’hôtel, hosts and hostesses – $12.85
- Food counter attendants and kitchen staff – $13.05
- Service station attendants – $13.05
- Harvesting labourers – $13.10
- Nursery and greenhouse workers – $13.25
- Shoe repairers and shoemakers – $13.65
- Hairstylists and barbers – $13.75
Of course, most of these jobs rely on tips, which is why their wage is below the average minimum. Standard tips for servers and bartenders vary from province to province, but typically land somewhere between 13.5% and 15%.
In general, hourly wages for every type of profession are different in every province, depending how in-demand those jobs are in that particular area. For example, Wood Buffalo in northeastern Alberta has the highest hourly wage, at $36.50 an hour. Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Calgary are also in the top five, with wages above $30.00 an hour.
To see the full Statistics Canada report about hourly wages and salaries, click here.
Source: Career Beacon