Jobs that pay double the national average

Ten jobs available now that pay double the Canadian national average

Peter Harris|

We all know that doctors, lawyers and dentists tend to be well compensated, and that the CEO makes more money than the rest of the employees. But what if you’re not one of those guys?

Well, according to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian salary right now is roughly $49,000 right now. So if you’re looking to bust out of the middle of the earnings range, here are ten jobs available right now on Workopolis that can pay twice that much.

    Marketing managers – $124,800

    Marketing managers play a variety of roles are responsible for a company’s public messaging and communications, from brand audits to advertising, from social media to public relations. At the high end of the pay range, they can earn upwards of $120,000. [View jobs]

    Web Developer – $90,000

    While the median pay for web designers and developers is closer to $55,000, the salaries for these roles can reach upwards of $90,000. These jobs also pay the highest in Alberta right now. [View jobs]

    Construction Manager – $125,000

    Construction managers manage the shifts and schedules of the crew, take responsibility for ensuring that projects are completed on time and on budget, and manage the day-to-way project site for efficiency and safety. [View jobs]

    Financial Analyst – $104,436

    Financial analysts often work for investment companies, banks, insurance companies, and other businesses, helping their employer and/or their clients to make sound investment decisions. [View jobs]

    Software Developer – $97,000

    Software developers create computer programs. Some develop the tools and applications that allow you to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that operate the devices or control computer networks. [View jobs]

    Data Security Analysts – $124,500

    Companies are more and more concerned with online security threats. This makes the people who can analyse, predict and mitigate those risks in high-demand. They can pull in between $83,250 and $124,500, on average. [View jobs]

    Creative Director –$102,142

    The Creative Director plays a vital role in the Advertising and Media industries. Their responsibilities include leading projects from the strategic concept phase through to actualization, promotion and communication. This job often pays a six figure salary. [View jobs]

    Corporate trainer – Some jurisdictions in Canada have graduated more teachers than they have available teaching positions. Another career option for educators is as a corporate trainer. The median pay for this role is $55,550 and it can get up to $100,000. [View jobs]

    Information Technology Consultant – $107,993 The IT crowd continue to make decent wages with a median salary of $73,590 and earning over $100,000 at the higher end. Salaries are the highest in Alberta. [View jobs]

These salaries are based on the most recent data available from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. You can compare employment outlook and salaries for jobs by location in Canada here.

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    • David Gay

      Wonderful. Now how will people out of work be able to afford the training required to be considered for these positions, and where will the funding come from for those who cannot afford the tuition costs? During my day in the 1980s, it was possible to learn on the job and work your way up through the ranks. Today, however, it’s an out-of-the-box solution thinking: you are either qualified and are hired, or not hired.

      • Alana Raymond

        I completely agree David. I have been trying to get back into the workforce after 5 years off to raise my daughter. Before I took some time off I had over 30 years working up the corporate ladder ultimately landing at the Director level. Now, between my age + apparently lack of education (formal) + the fact that I seemed to have lost my brain functioning while being out of the work force = I am still trying to find a job five years on. BTW – I am not trying to go into a Director role and am quite willing to work my way back up. However, I cannot even get past square one to the interview.

        • Tracy Brown-Shoup

          Same here Alana!
          It seems to be the only option for us is retail… XP

      • Andy

        I came out with an unrelated degree and taught myself how to be a Web Developer. It wasn’t easy and took a lot of late nights while I worked crappy jobs. It can be done.

        • David Gay

          I’m glad to hear that it worked out for you, and wish you continued success in that vein. The question begs to be asked is “will this work for everyone else?”. Sorry, but I am not a believer that all things end happily like in a Hollywood movie. The unemployment statistics and the number of people on assistance and the hard luck stories are more the reality facing those in danger of falling through the cracks.

    • my thoughts

      they are typing jobs I thought the typewriter was extinct

    • Tony Emond

      Apparently the key is to live in Alberta.

      • aspromised

        Haha, don’t count on it. My situation not much different that Alana’s. They don’t want experience they want ‘any’ degree, no matter how unrelated. They cannot believe anyone could POSSIBLY be out of the workforce for any length of time. And “experienced” means they have to pay you more than they want to.
        Same as everywhere else.
        (And PS: try to get work in O&G is a closed circle, no outsiders welcome)

        • JonPinchbeck

          O&G is not a closed circle if you come from a trades, technical or engineering background. In those lines they’re always hiring and you can never be experienced enough. That and there is also serious a lack of petrogeologists and geomatic technicians for oil & gas. Just sayin’…

          • Efrem

            You seem to know the O&G market in Alberta, could we talk privately? I’m going to move to Alberta, but I’m a mechanical engineer, not exactly petro.

    • tongster

      I only counted nine. Four are in IT, three are in business, one is finance and one is blue collar. I state the obvious but such high incomes require a lot of talent and hard work. These jobs represent a very small percentage of available work out there (even after taken into account the yearly fresh supply). Many will try/aim but few will achieve. Better to create your own opportunities imo.

      Also, depends on where you live will this “double the national average” actually mean something to your pocket. I hear that the guys who work in camps up at Fortmac also make $100K. But then things are also very expensive up there.

    • stif

      Very good Iam research work I hope to find one

    • Yogendra B Karki

      Dear Sir, I am seeking materials management job in Canada so kindly review my profile.

    • Mohammad Ali

      before i was team leader on task force security company