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Canadian Salary Survey

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Canadian Salary Survey

If you're moving to Canada from the UK, Europe or USA, you're likely to find Canadian wages are a bit lower than you are used to. This is often compensated for by lower house prices in Canada.

Graduates in the secondary education sector earn attractive salaries by Canadian standards. For example, school-teachers at the top of the pay scale (after 11 years teaching) can earn $70,000 pa or more.

Academic salaries vary quite widely depending on the employer. Lecturer pay scales run from around $42,000 - $70,000. Assistant professor / senior lecturer pay scales run from around $50,000 - $80,000. For professors the scale is around $75,000 - 110,000. Individual institutions may pay significantly more or less than these averages.

Average wages for men and women working in different employment sectors.

Average Weekly Wages in Canada in 2008

Profession Average
Weekly Wage
Educational services $863
Health care and social assistance $744
All Industries $810
Public Administration $1041
Professional, scientific and technical services $1094

Looking at jobs throughout Canada, typical wages are as follows:

Average Hourly Wages in Canada in 2007

Profession Average
Hourly Wage
Retail Sales / Sales Clerk $11
Data Entry Clerk $15
Bookkeeper $16
Accounting Clerk $17
Truck Driver $19
Plumber $22
Carpenter $22
Executive Assistant $22
Electrician $25
Architect $27
Social Worker $28
Registered Nurse $32
Computer Engineer (not software) $33
Physiotherapist $34
Lawyer $36
Computer and Info Systems Manager $37
Engineering Manager $45
Dentist $60