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How much will you make?

We hear a lot about what uni presidents, star athletes, and CEOs rake in, but the average Canadian earns much less. Find out what you can hope to make in over 80 jobs


Many students go into university without a clear idea of where they’ll end up. Although some know exactly which job they plan to aim for at the end of their study (and the salary they can expect) many students have no idea.

Having a realistic idea of potential earnings in possible jobs can help with planning for the future, identifying how much student debt is manageable and whether it’s worth it to pursue higher levels of post-secondary education.

To assist with this planning, Maclean’s compiled median and average incomes in over 80 professions. Because we recognize that many students will not choose typical jobs requiring university-level education, we have included a wide variety of fields, from farming to acting, in addition to the average income for lawyers, doctors, and teachers. We’ve also included a few sobering statistics (see: cashiers).

By including both 2001 and 2006 Census data, we hope to show how pay levels have changed over the past five years (all income is shown in 2005 dollars, when the 2006 Census data was collected.) Please note that, generally, women’s income levels in most careers are lower than what is shown below, while men’s are slightly higher. For more specific data, organized by gender or province, visit Statistics Canada.

To learn more, go to Statistics Canada website.

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How much will you make?

  1. If you look at the overall median statistics, at least half of all employed Canadians (both men and women) had a lower income in 2006 than in 2001, once ajusted for inflation.

    This alone disproves the dogma that “everyone wins” when the PIB and/or average income rise.

  2. The real question is what the takehome pay is- not the gross amount. Many of these groups pay hefty union dues and other deductions- in addition to regular deductions.

  3. I don’t know if union dues are that “hefty”. According to their website, the dues for the Steelworkers are only 1.4% per day plus 2 cents an hour. If I remember correctly, my dues last year for MGEU were around $15-$25/week. Unless you are a member of CLAC (which should not count as a real union), the benefits definitely outweigh the cost.

  4. Are the median figures for midwives a typo? If not, what explains the anomaly.

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  6. Ontario teachers pay about half of their income to union dues and taxes

  7. Some of these numbers seem inaccurate – most info I’ve seen suggests that specialist physicians typically make 200+ at least (unless they work part time).