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These Are The Top 10 Highest Paying Industries In Canada Right Now

Here's where to work if you want to be paid well.
Senior Editor
These Are The Top 10 Highest Paying Industries In Canada Right Now

Canada is a relatively equitable country.

While the growth of the wealth gap is a big problem, for instance, Canada lacks the kind of extreme wealth and widespread poverty that so tragically characterizes American society.

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TL;DR Listed below are the top ten highest-paying industry sectors in Canada for payroll employment, according to data from Statistics Canada.

Still, Canadian graduates and job hunters have to know where to look in order to access well-paying positions.

Thankfully, Statistics Canada just released itsevaluation of "payroll employment, earnings, and hours."

Listed below are the top ten highest-paying industry sectors in the country, according to the latest data from September 2018. This list specifically covers payroll employment.

10. Forestry, logging, and support

Jobs in this sector are, on average, among the highest-paying in the country because of their occupational hazards and gueling physical labour.

Average weekly earnings: $1,193.57

9. Wholesale trade

In this lucrative business, professionals manage the distribution and sale of products to retailers and other commercial centres.

Average weekly earnings: $1,227.96

8. Construction

Many people will bemoan the high pay of construction workers. But it's hard and dangerous work and its employees deserve good wages.

Average weekly earnings: $1,245.13

7. Public administration

Public servants are paid generously in Canada – at least in comparison to their counterparts in the United States.

Average weekly earnings: $1,307.08

6. Information and cultural industries

The trade of information and cultural objects is also well-paying.

Average weekly earnings: $1,355.59

5. Professional, scientific and technical services

According to a government site, this industry is defined as "establishments primarily engaged in activities in which human capital is the major input." Computer systems design and advertising are just two examples.

Average weekly earnings: $1,393.03

4. Finance and insurance

It's no surprise that jobs in the financial and insurance industries make the top five on this list.

Average weekly earnings: $1,397.91

3. Management of companies and enterprises

Again, no surprise. But note the big jump between the average pay of this industry and the previous one on this list.

Average weekly earnings: $1,719.22

2. Utilities

Communications, power grid management, etc. Our society's reliance on utility workers explains their high pay.

Average weekly earnings: $1,798.94

1. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

Dangerous work deserves high wages. The high value of these commodities also probably makes companies eager to incentivize and attract labour.

Average weekly earnings: $2,010.40

    Thomas MacDonald
    Senior Editor
    Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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