Canada is a wealthy country, though salaries are always dependent on level of skill, location and job industry. Though some provinces may have high costs of living, often these areas will also have high salaries that ensure Canadians can live a comfortable life.
Over the 2013-2014 financial year, the average Canadian salary increased by 2%. The industry that enjoyed the highest annual salary increase was in the professional, scientific and technical services field where earnings increased by 5.0% to $70,310. Architectural, engineering, bookkeeping and payroll jobs saw the largest increases.
Average Canadian salary by province
|Newfoundland and Labrador – $52,572|
|New Brunswick – $44,044|
|Nova Scotia – $42,992|
|Prince Edward Island – $41,184|
|Quebec – $44,621|
|Ontario – $49,088|
|Manitoba – $45,760|
|Alberta – $60,476|
|British Columbia – $46,900|
The highest median salaries in Canada can be found in Alberta, a province that thrives on an abundance of natural resources. Agriculture, fishing and mining are among the top job industries in the area.
The accommodation and food services trade saw their income increase by a healthy 4.2%.
|Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction – $109,844|
|Utilities – $96,279|
|Construction – $64,240|
|Manufacturing – $54,256|
|Retail – $28,136|
|Transportation and warehousing – $55,305|
|Information and cultural industries – $61,373|
|Finance and insurance – $60,011|
|Real estate and rental and leasing – $50,226|
|Professional, scientific and technical services – $70,310|
|Educational services – $51,305|
|Health care and social assistance – $44,863|
|Arts, entertainment and recreation – $30,186|
|Accommodation and food services – $19,656|
The highest paid Canadian industry for the financial year saw Specialist Physicians take home a generous $350,000 a year.