Picture this: a new job that pays more than $300,000 a year. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But occupations with this kind of salary aren’t a myth — it’s just that the highest paying jobs often require extra education and experience. There may not be many of them, but they exist. To inspire your search for the highest paying jobs in Canada, we scoured recruiting sites such as Indeed, Talent and Glassdoor to bring you an idea of the types of jobs that can pay over $300K a year.
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Company CFO: $312,000
How well it pays to have the top finance job in a company depends on the size of the company. However, according to HR consulting firm Robert Half Canada, if you’re CFO at a company with sales of more than $250 million a year, you can expect a starting salary of up to $312,000.
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Medical Microbiologist: $300,000
A medical microbiologist’s work focuses on infectious diseases: how to identify and treat them and prevent them from spreading. The typical annual salary for a medical microbiologist can start as high as at $300,000.
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Company CEO: $150,000 to $83 million
While the average company CEO in Canada makes around $150,000 a year, having the right experience and working for a top company can bag you well over $300,000. In fact, according to Canadian Business, the country’s highest paid CEO makes over $83 million a year. There is also an increasing number of Canadian companies with female CEOs.
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Do you love technology and gadgets, but you also love money? Radiology is one of those jobs that could make you a millionaire in Canada while you get to work with state-of-the-art equipment. Some radiologists make around $380,000 a year and those at the top of their field can take home nearly $500,000.
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Ophthalmologist: $240,000 to $400,000
The average salary for an ophthalmologist in Canada is about $375,000 per year. However, if you have your own private practice, you can take home over $400,000 a year in net pay.
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You can make good money as a family physician in Canada, but if you love working with children and prefer jobs for extroverts, specializing in pediatrics may be a better option. Pediatricians can make as much as $446.000 a year.
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Obstetrician/Gynecologist: up to $519,000
Like most medical specialists in Canada, your salary as an obstetrician/gynecologist will depend on where you live and whether you work for a hospital or in private practice. Still, there's a lot of income potential for this field: Some obstetricians in private practice can make over $519,000 a year.
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With cancer being one of the most common health concerns Canadians have, oncologists have plenty of work. According to Indeed, the average oncologist can take home around $330,000 a year.
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Professor of Medicine: $300,000
Teaching people how to be doctors can be as lucrative as having a medical practice. A full professor in a specialized medical field can earn a salary of more than $300,000 and while doctors have one of the most sleep-deprived jobs in Canada, as a professor you’ll get much more shut-eye.
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Prime Minister: $345,400
It’s not the easiest job to land since there is only one position to fill but you’ll get generous compensation for being Prime Minister of Canada. The Prime Minister’s 2020 salary was $357,800, according to Refinery29, since he got paid not only for being Prime Minster but also for being a Member of Parliament. It’s one of those jobs that let you retire early, and your memoirs can add to your retirement nest egg.
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Surgeons in general make good money but among those with the best salaries are neurosurgeons. The median pay for neurosurgeons in Canada is about $311,000 annually, while some surgeons can take home a cool $550,000.
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Neuropathologist: up to $637,000
Not many jobs for introverts pay as well as neuropathology. You’ll work with tissues of the brain and central nervous system rather than with patients themselves and, in some provinces, you can make as much as $6,000.
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ER Doctor: up to $420,000
Being an ER doctor is not for the faint-hearted, but the pay definitely makes up for the stress and sleep deprivation. Some ER doctors make from $300,000 to as much as $420,000 a year.
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Psychiatrists are among the least well-paid in the medical field, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t make lots of money. If you’re a top psychiatrist in Canada you can earn around $461,000 a year, which means you’ll be able to pay off your student loans fast.
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Plastic Surgeon: $318,000
Plastic surgery is not quite as glamorous as some TV shows would have you believe. Still, many jobs for plastic surgeons in Canada advertise a salary of more than $300,000.
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Social Media Influencer: up to $520,000
Get millions of followers on your Instagram account and you can have your posts sponsored for thousands. The top non-celebrity Instagrammers command more than $10,000 per post. Even one post per week sponsored at $10,000 will earn you $520,000, and it’s one of those fun jobs that doesn't involve sitting at a desk.
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YouTuber: up to $54 million
Justin Bieber has shown that YouTube can lead to bigger, better-paid things, but sticking to the video channel can be lucrative in itself. While the income potential changes (and often grows) from year to year, Business Insider breaks down how much successful YouTubers can make right now. While it's definitely not the norm, according to Intuit's list of the top YouTuber salaries of 2021, MrBeast made a whopping $54 million.
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Family Physician: up to $331,000
Specialists make more than family physicians, but even if you stick to general practice, you can earn big. Some family physicians make more than $330,000 a year. It’s also one of the highest paying in-demand jobs in Canada.
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Company Vice President: up to $300,000
Not all company vice presidents are created equal, and your salary will very much depend on the company you work for and the type of job you do. However, some vice presidents in industries like construction can earn at least $300,000.
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Anesthesiologist: up to $417,000
Anesthesiologists have one of the highest-paying jobs in the world. Most anesthesiology jobs advertised list a starting salary of around $300,000, but salaries can go up to more than $400k.