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List of the Highest Paying Jobs in Canada 2021

Career Advice March 3, 2021

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There are thousands upon thousands of jobs available in Canada and if you’re trying to choose a career path to pursue, it can feel impossible to know where to start. 

While your skills and interests are important, for many people, money is also a factor when choosing a career. Whether you’re seriously considering which career to pursue or just want to know for fun, we’ve compiled a list of the highest paying jobs in Canada. Learn about what the job entails, the yearly salary and how long it may take to pursue that career path. 


10 of the highest paying jobs in Canada

In no particular order, let’s get into it! 


1. Family Physician / Doctor 

The average yearly Canadian salary for a family physician/doctor is $150,000. Family doctors perform basic medical exams, treat illnesses and help patients manage chronic conditions and their general wellness. Most students will go to medical school after an undergraduate degree, which, depending on how many courses you take per year, could take upwards of seven or eight years to finish all your schooling. 


2. Dentist

The average yearly Canadian salary for a dentist is $115,000. Dentists focus on teeth, gum and general mouth health. They can be general practitioners or specialize in specific areas of the mouth. To complete a dentistry degree, most students complete a four-year undergraduate degree as well as four years in the dentistry faculty. 

If you’re interested in the field, check out our Dental Office Administrator program. Learn how to manage a dental office including scheduling patients, handling insurance and managing general office accounting. 


3. Nurse Practitioner

The average yearly Canadian salary for nurse practitioners is just over $71,000. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who help patients manage their health conditions as well as assess, diagnose and treat patients. Nurses can work in hospitals, elderly care homes, schools and other healthcare facilities. Most Canadian Bachelor’s of Nursing programs are four years in length and prepare you to work as a Registered Nurse (RN). If you choose to take a post-graduate program you could be looking at another 1-2 years. 

If you’re interested in nursing, check out our Nursing Assistant diploma program. This program will prepare you to assist patients and health units in an administrative role. 


4. Engineer

The average yearly Canadian salary for an engineer is $81,000. There are many types of engineers including civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial and software (to name a few). What do they all have in common? Engineers use scientific and mathematical principles to solve technical problems. The average Bachelor’s degree in engineering takes about four years. 


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5. Actuary

The average yearly Canadian salary for actuaries is $115,000. Actuaries measure and manage financial risk and uncertainty, using math and statistics to calculate the risk probability. They could work for consulting firms, insurance companies, the government, banks and many other businesses in different industries. It usually takes between 3-5 years to get a Bachelor’s in Business with an actuarial specialization. 


6. Police Officer

The average yearly Canadian salary for a police officer is $94,000. Police officers protect the public by preventing and fighting crime. Many police officers start off as cadets and some even take four-year Bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice or criminology – but this is not a requirement. 


7. Construction Manager

The average yearly Canadian salary for construction managers is $120,000. Their main role is to oversee construction projects but they may also deal with budgeting and planning. There’s no clear-cut way to become a construction manager but post-secondary education in project management or civil engineering is beneficial. Many colleges also offer a construction trade certification that could help you grow in your career.


8. Lawyer

The average yearly Canadian salary for lawyers is $103,000. Lawyers specialize in many types of law including criminal, marriage, corporate and financial law (to name a few). They provide legal advice, research and gather evidence, write legal documents and prosecute or defend in court. The average Canadian law degree can be completed in four years before taking the Bar Exam.

If you’re interested in law, check out our Legal Assistant diploma program. Gain an understanding of legal office procedures, legal transcription and the basic components of various law practices.


9. Judge

The average yearly Canadian salary for a judge is $105,000. Judge’s are responsible for analyzing and interpreting evidence in court to ensure the law is being followed. They also announce a verdict and sentence individuals in court. In simplest terms, they are key decision-makers when it comes to justice and the law. In Canada, judges must be appointed and you usually need to be a practicing lawyer with over 10 years of experience to be considered for the job.


10. Pipefitting Supervisor

The average yearly Canadian salary for a pipefitting supervisor is $81,000. Pipefitting supervisors coordinate heat, oil and water systems in buildings to ensure they run properly. They also help manage a team and ensure the team’s projects run on schedule. To get certification, you’ll usually need to take a four-year apprenticeship program.


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