Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in Canada for 2023

Published September 27, 2023.

Canada’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low, at just 5.5%. There are job vacancies in all sectors across the country and there are not enough working Canadians to fill these vacancies. Immigrants and refugees have an excellent chance to find their dream job in any part of Canada. In this blog, we’ll share the top 10 highest-paying jobs in Canada. 

Highly-skilled professionals from all over the world choose Canada as their new home and it’s easy to see why. Canada offers excellent career opportunities and a healthy work-life balance. The country is also experiencing significant growth in the healthcare, IT, technology and renewable energy sectors.   

The top 10 highest-paying jobs in Canada for 2023 are:  

1: Surgeon 

Skilled medical professionals are in high demand across Canada’s healthcare system. A surgeon in Canada earns between $350,000 and $400,000 per annum. Internationally trained surgeons must have a license in order to work in Canada. Learn more about the path to get licensed here. 

2: Anesthesiologist 

Job prospects for anesthesiologists in Canada are strong in all provinces. An anesthesiologist earns between $300,000 and $400,000. To work as an anesthesiologist, you must have a medical degree and have completed specialty residency training as well. 

3: Dentist 

Dentistry is a regulated profession in Canada where immigrants and refugees make up an estimated 40% of people working in this industry. Dentists in Canada earn approximately $233,000 each year. Getting licensed as a dentist, however, is complex and time-consuming. Read more about the process of getting licensed as a dentist here. 

4: Physician 

There is a shortage of primary care physicians and family doctors in every province and territory. The licensing process for becoming a physician varies from province to province. A physician in Canada can expect to earn between $150,000 and $300,000. Further information about becoming a physician is available here.  

5: Cloud Architect 

A cloud architect creates and implements cloud solutions – helping organizations to establish the best practices for their cloud computing needs. An internationally-trained cloud architect has a variety of career opportunities in Canada, but they must be proficient in popular programming languages like Java. The average salary for a cloud architect in Canada is between $120,000 and $335,000.  

6: Psychiatrist 

Internationally-trained mental health professionals are needed across Canada. Psychiatry is a popular field to get into and offers an average salary of $293,000. A medical degree and psychiatric residency are needed to work as a psychiatrist in Canada. Internationally-trained psychiatrists must be licensed in order to work in this field. 

7: Lawyer 

Employment opportunities for legal professionals are growing in Canada. The average annual salary for lawyers is $140,000 per year, but this varies depending on factors such as the type of legal work carried out and the level of experience. Internationally trained lawyers must be licensed in order to work. Learn more about the process of becoming a lawyer in Canada here. 

8: Architect 

It’s a good time to be an architect in Canada. Architects earn an estimated $125,000 per year. Internationally trained architects must have a license in order to resume their careers in Canada. Read our client Masoud’s journey towards becoming an architect in Canada here. 

9: IT Manager 

IT is a growing sector in Canada – an IT manager typically develops an information technology strategy, monitors a company’s network and troubleshoots any network-related issues. The average salary for an IT manager in Canada is $90,000-120,000. Find tips about working in the IT sector in Canada here. 

10: Engineer 

There are significant labour shortages in the engineering sector, so internationally-trained engineers are likely to find work wherever they choose to relocate. Engineer salaries range from $90,000- $160,000, depending on the type of engineering work. Popular roles in the engineering sector include civil engineer, aerospace engineer and electrical engineer. Read more about the path to becoming an engineer in Canada here. 

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