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The highest paying jobs in Canada for 2021

A great many people are changing carer paths right now. Economists have dubbed the post-pandemic trend of people re-evaluating their work and lifestyle choices the “Great Resignation.”

While many people are rethinking their careers because of issues such as remote work, work/life balance, and meaningful work, another common consideration for career changers is salary.

If you fall into that latter category, and you’re looking for a new, well-compensated career, we’ve got you covered. Here is a look at the most lucrative careers to have in Canada this year.

Here are some of the most common professions in Canada under NOC (National Occupational Classification) that pay above average salaries.

Job Category Average Annual Salary Available Jobs
Sales Representative $52,000 to $64,000 View Jobs
Accountant $63,000-$75,000 View Jobs
Business Analyst $73,000-$87,000 View Jobs
Account Manager $75,000-$92,000 View Jobs
Software Engineer $83,000-$97,000 View Jobs

Of course, NOC codes are broad categories that Statistics Canada uses to classify jobs, not actually job titles. So, here is a snapshot of the highest paying job titles in this country for 2021.

Job Title Average Annual Salary
Surgeon $340,000
Dentist $293,000
Petroleum Engineer $208,000
Psychiatrist $290,000
IT Manager $203,000
Marketing Manager $195,000
Pilot $195,000
Lawyer $192,000
Sales Manager $187,000
Business Operations Manager $170,000

While these are the highest paying professions, some of them can require years of advanced schooling in order to qualify for. However, when a global pandemic causes you to make some changes to your life and work, that might include studying for a whole new career.

With that in mind, consider that Canada’s highest paid workers studied one of these three things in school, according to Statistics Canada.

Here are the university degrees with the highest salaries.

You can view the latest data on wages for roles by region and industry on the federal government’s website.

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