Median Household Income

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
Saskatchewan -$51,792
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.

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