What are The Highest Paying Jobs in Canada?

Getting ready to choose a career path is a difficult endeavor. It’s a process that forces you to be honest about your strengths and weaknesses, your passions, and your work style. Do you enjoy working with others or do you prefer working alone? Are you creative, math and science-based, or more business-minded?

Regardless of what you find, another important part of the career search is finding one that pays well. You don’t want to pay for university just to find your choice of career will take ages to get those loans paid off. In this article, we look to explore the best-paid jobs in Canada.

The Job Outlook in Canada

Researching various job outlook sites and recruiting company’s predictions we have created a list of the most in-demand jobs in Canada for 2020. These might not be the highest paid jobs in Canada, but just as important as money is the career outlook. Look at the list below to see if any of these piques your interest!

  1. Sales Associate – $37,050
  2. Aerospace Engineer – $89,700
  3. Software Engineer – $103,759
  4. Welder – $42,900
  5. Truck Driver – $48,750
  6. Graphic Designer – $50,669
  7. Dentist – $116,436
  8. Physician – $200,000
  9. Occupational and Physiotherapists -$76,881 and $86,020
  10. Licensed Practical Nurse – $67,529
  11. Business Development Manager/Consultant – $85,000
  12. Project Manager – $91,428
  13. Psychologist – $97,451
  14. Heavy-duty Mechanic – $70,178
  15. Receptionist – $33,150
  16. Massage Therapist – $87,750

All salaries are recorded from neuvoo and PayScale.

For years now, healthcare and technology-related jobs always cut in-demand jobs. If you’re passionate about technology or you’re passionate about helping people, you’re in luck. There are sure to be plenty of jobs in both fields in the future. It just so happens these jobs also are frequently in the lists of top-paying jobs in Canada.

Let’s look at some of the high paying jobs available!

High Paying Jobs in Canada

This list is made to be an example and reference for those looking for lucrative and well-compensated jobs. If you’re a student investigating the best paying jobs in Canada, this is a great place to start. Most of these jobs listed will always be known as high-paying, in-demand, and highly-sought-after jobs.

The salaries listed are averages found from neuvoo and should not be taken to be completely accurate. The salary of any job will vary based on location, experience, and the company you work for.

  1. Anesthesiologist $275,000 average with $467,500 on the higher end

These specialized doctors are primarily responsible for monitoring, evaluating and supervising patients before, after, and during surgery. Anesthesiologists administer anesthesia to patients and ensure their comfort in regards to surgery.

  1. Oncologist $255,000 average and $375,000 on the higher end

Oncologists are the doctors who treat and diagnose cancer. They work with other healthcare professionals to create treatment plans tailored to each patient. They may also administer various medications or treatments.

  1. Psychiatrist $241,431 average and $392,768 on the higher end

Psychiatrists diagnose and assist patients in various mental health issues. These can range from anxiety to addiction to eating disorders. Psychiatrists work directly with their patients to give them a better quality of life.

  1. Pediatrician $223,300 average and $315,000 on the higher end

Pediatricians are physicians who primarily work with children and infants. Seen as a primary care doctor, they diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries for babies up to young adults.

  1. Physician $200,000 average and $340,000 on the higher end

A physician is a general term for a medical doctor who treats and diagnoses patients. Physicians can perform tests, prescribe medications, and refer patients to specialized treatments. You may think of a general physician as your family doctor.

  1. Radiologist $160,597 average and $375,000 on the higher end

Radiologists are specialized physicians who diagnose injuries and illnesses using various imaging techniques. These may be X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, and ultrasounds. Radiologists use these techniques to diagnose and find treatments for whatever is at hand.

  1. Surgeon $160,597 average and $273,000 on the higher end

Although there are countless types of surgeons, most treat injuries and illnesses. The duties of each surgeon vary by type as some perform surgery for broken bones, tumors, or even cosmetic surgery.

  1. Dentist $125,000 average and $175,840 on the higher end

The primary responsibility of a dentist is to ensure their patients have good dental hygiene. Dentists clean teeth, do minor operations and correct various issues having to do with a patient’s teeth.

  1. Actuary $112,496 average and $136,500 on the higher end

Actuaries specialize in performing calculations to determine the outcomes of events that affect businesses. Their statistical work may deal with accidents, investments, insurance, and anything else that has to do with financial decisions.

  1. Healthcare Manager $108,837 average and $166,550 on the higher end

Healthcare Managers have different roles depending on where they work. In a hospital setting, managers work with physicians, accountants, and other sectors to ensure treatment, finances, etc. are all in good standing. They are the overseer of all functions in an organization, crucial to having a smoothly run hospital.

  1. Nurse Practitioner $108,064 average and $123,396 on the higher end

Nurse practitioners work directly with patients performing tests, providing care, and assisting patients in any way possible. These healthcare workers are on the front lines ensuring patients get the highest quality of treatment possible.

  1. Lawyer $107,221 average and $144,873 on the higher end

A lawyer may work with many industries depending on their specialty. In general, lawyers stay up to date on legal issues communicating with their clients on those issues. They may assist in creating legal documents for businesses, filing appeals, and providing consultation.

  1. Software Engineer $103,755 average and $175,500 on the higher end

Depending on the company software engineers may fix existing programs, develop new solutions, and test various software systems. Additionally, they may be responsible for creating detailed documentation of software systems.

  1. Data Scientist $102,500 average and $162,971 on the higher end

Data Scientists are experts in statistical analysis who use various programs, algorithms, and methods to understand and interpret data. They assist in making predictions, determining business decisions, and creating solutions to various problems. These workers are becoming more and more sought after in large companies.

  1. Financial Manager $100,000 average $127,500 on the higher end

Financial Managers are responsible for reviewing financial reports, supervising accounts and searching for solutions to increase profit. These individuals also look to increase the value of the company they work in.

  1. IT Manager $97,190 average and $131,931 on the higher end

IT Managers are the individuals in charge of creating solutions tailored to specific computer-based problems. They oversee operations of their sector, create protocols, analyze existing and ongoing issues, and use their creativity to meet the needs of their company or clients they work with.

  1. Pharmacist $94,799 average and $120,267 on the higher end

Pharmacists’ primary responsibilities include taking prescriptions from physicians, preparing medications, and monitoring records of medications. They also keep track of patients’ records and work with physicians on specific medication recommendations.

  1. Project Manager $91,544 average and $155,624 on the higher end

Project managers oversee large projects to make sure they are completed timely, under budget, and successfully. These managers are responsible for monitoring the progress, creating reports, and communicating with all those involved. They may also be the ones to design the plan and timeline.

  1. Construction Superintendent – $90,000 average and $140,000 on the higher end

Construction superintendents are the ones who watch over a construction site and project from the beginning to the end. They must ensure the site adheres to safety standards while also managing tasks and individuals. These workers are crucial to a construction site operating smoothly.

  1. Business Executive $90,000 average and $153,000 on the higher end

A business executive can have a variety of responsibilities depending on the company and the exact position. Generally, they are responsible for ensuring their organization reaches goals, adheres to policies, and communicating with other executives and lower-level management.

After seeing some of the best paying jobs in Canada we can see some trends. They all require high skill, come with great responsibility, and are invaluable. Additionally, lots of them require extensive schooling. As school takes time and money to complete, we thought we could provide another list that doesn’t require so much schooling.

Here is one more bonus list to get you by!

Highest Paying Trades in Canada

  1. Construction Manager – $90,000
  2. Oil Rig Manager – $101,371
  3. Pipefitter – $64,506
  4. Heavy-duty Mechanic – $70,200
  5. Industrial Electrician – $76,137
  6. Welder – $83,020
  7. Carpenter -$55,440
  8. Boilermaker – $67,446
  9. Industrial Mechanic $60,443
  10. Plumber – $78,000

As experience and location change the salary, these are not to be completely relied on, but used as a reference!

We’ve now looked at some of the most in-demand jobs, different trades’ salaries, and some various high paying jobs Canada has to offer. Use this information to help you choose a career that fits your desires, skills, and wishes!

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The above statistics are courtesy: Canadian Business Staff; May 29, 2017

Learn More About the Highest Paying Jobs in Canada

Public Administration Director

This professional usually works in government offices. They make sure policies and procedures are followed. As the overseer of a government program they’re responsible to coordinate and implement necessary procedures to get the job done. You can say this is a bureaucratic position fit for a person who loves to take charge and work in government. Long term it’s unlikely the demand will decrease. If this is your chosen field, consider employment in a local provincial office and work your way up to Prime Minister.

Nurse Practitioner

The demand for nurse practitioners continues to increase in family medicine. This is a career choice that requires advanced education with many benefits and rewards. Nurse practitioners work along with medical doctors and examine, diagnose and prescribe medications for patients. They might be the only medical professional available in some areas due to a shortage of doctors.

The minimum educational requirements to begin a NP program is usually a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN. Some program might require a master’s in nursing for admission, MSN.

Mining & Forestry Manager

If you like to work with natural resources, such as fisheries, lumber mills or mining, this is the career path for you. Mining & Forestry manager jobs are in high demand. The future looks bright for this career field. Their role in sustaining and monitoring natural resources is extremely important today. Concerns about global warming, Illegal poaching, deforestation, including water and air pollution make this a high demand career. Added to the new way technology is being incorporated into mining and forestry this career path is for you if you are environmentally conscious.

Pipefitting Supervisor

Pipefitters have been around for a long time. Although many people might think the job just involves putting pipes together, they are sadly mistaken. The job entails building and maintaining systems that carry anything from steam, water, hydraulic fluid and chemicals to oxygen. Pipefitters work on ships, in office buildings, homes, factories, mills and any place where a material or substance has to get from point A to point B.

Some of the skills required to be successful include math, manual dexterity and familiarity with industrial tools such as drills, micrometers and welding. This is a job that will require you to be in good health and possibly lift about 25 kilos on a daily basis. This is an extremely important job because without a pipefitter nothing flows. Leadership and organizational skills are mandatory for work as a supervisor. You need to know what your employees are doing, and you have to work with deadlines. The career path usually beings with an apprenticeship program. While you are enrolled in the program you will get paid while you learn on the job. The big reward comes when you continue to go back for more specialized training. Some specialized positions for pipefitting supervisors include work on defense systems and smart building systems.

Utilities Manager

A utilities manager has the responsibility to ensure that systems such as waste management, electricity, heating or water systems are maintained and operate at their peak performance. Other aspects of the job of a utilities manager are to make sure that all systems meet government and local requirements for safety and environmental protection. In addition, the manager must ensure that employees meet the qualifications for the position they are hired to perform. The utilities manager at an airport has to make sure that the lighting in the passenger areas of the terminal and buildings are working correctly. In addition, they may have to ensure all lighting for aircraft work properly as well. Just as with other management positions, the utility manager must have excellent supervisory skills.

A bachelor’s degree is usually the minimum education requirement with work experience. Since this is not an entry level position the utilities manager should have excellent supervisory skills. Some positions will require a masters level degree in a related field such as electrical engineering.

Telecommunications Manager

The field of telecommunications is constantly redefining itself. What used to be simple telecommunications network is being replaced with technology such as 5G, beacons and systems that monitor and evaluate their own performance.   The telecommunications manager must understand satellite communications, broadband, and more. They work in education, sports, business and legal sectors and must know the ins and outs of how telecommunications works in those sectors. As with other management positions this is not an entry level position. Women and men who work in telecommunication or related fields such as satellite technology will do well as a manager with a background of supervising others.

Real Estate & Finance Manager

The manager who is able understand the dynamic and innovative strategies of international and national business will do well in this profession. Global markets have changed the way financial institutions influence culture. No longer is government alone the determining factor in the strength of an economy. Financial institutions that manage funds for governments and corporate investments have changed the rules of the game.

A master’s degree in areas such as economics, business administration public administration and other related fields are the foundation to success in this sector. Managing large portfolios or multinational projects are the driving forces behind this career path.

Economic Development Director

In the not for profit world, the position of economic development director focuses on strategies to raise funds for the organization. This might involve hiring grant writers, or developing fund raising strategies. This position might involve strategizing with donors and foundations to ensure the organization continues to have the necessary fund to support its mission.

In a government agency, the economic development director will also explore ways to generate revenue. They might recommend the implementation of strategies like tax increases, investments and offering municipal bonds. They usually do not do all of the detail work but will take on the role as overseer to ensure things get done.


Lawyers have opportunities to have a successful in many career fields. Some lawyers work in government justice departments. Others make a choice to work with corporations. They might take on the role to make sure the corporations by-laws are in compliance with all government policies. Lawyers have even gone to medical school to become doctors. This gives them an advantage if they decide to represent medical professionals or organizations with mal practice law suits.

In some countries the next step after receiving a law degree is to pass the Bar exam in order to represent clients in a court of law. Some lawyers will spend their career working as advocates, corporate lawyers or patent attorneys as an example.

Elevator Mechanic

This job has changed radically from what we might think it was just 20 years ago. Today the elevator mechanic earns a significant salary after about four years as an apprentice. It does not take seven years of education to start work in the field. The elevator mechanic is responsible to make sure the elevator works right all of the time.

That sounds simple and straight forward. They key is they must understand the technical systems. It is possible to operate an elevator from a laptop computer these days. What used to a job where the mechanic worked on one ‘car’ at a time, today they must understand how banks of elevators work together and independent of each other.

Building might require systems where one bank of elevators stops on a specific floor while another starts there to transport occupants to higher floors. Coordinating the time and also speed and monitoring can get very complicated.

Mechanics must understand the technology, names and uses of all the aspects of elevator maintenance. I case you might be wondering today escalators transport people beyond just one floor. Those systems which were based on the technology of elevators also require maintenance to keep them running and to also maybe coordinate when the get to the specified floor where elevators are waiting.

Overall the jobs listed in the list are comprehensive. There other professions that are closely related. People might use what is considered ‘transferable skills’ to find work in those professions. A great example is the plumber who decides to train to become a pipefitter.

The fundamentals of both jobs are similar however the technical aspects are different. A real estate and financial manager might pursue a career as an investment banker or stock broker. The bottom line is to talk with a career counselor of someone the profession you are interested in so you can make an informed decision. The future is bright and the prospect for work are there.

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