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Old 09-11-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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What are B.C.ís highest paid jobs?

What are B.C.?s highest paid jobs? | Vancouver Sun
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Statistics Canada released the final round of data from the National Household Survey today, covering data on income and housing. One of the interesting nuggets from the data: median income by occupation in B.C. Below is a list of the highest paid occupations in B.C. and — if you click on the tab at the top — you can see B.C.’s worst paid occupations, too. And if you’re curious how your occupation compares, just type it into the search box. StatsCan sometimes has weird ways of listing occupations, so if you don’t find it at first, try different variations (i.e. “physician” instead of “doctor”):

The highest paid job in the province, by a wide margin, is Judge, which isn’t particularly surprising. But also up there are financial managers, mining engineers, fire chiefs, specialist physicians and pilots. School principals also make the top 10, though just barely. The reference line on the chart is the median pay of all occupations in B.C., which is about $34,000 a year.

On the flip side, looking at the lowest paid occupations in the province, the data seems to suggest that there are indeed a lot of “starving artists” in B.C. Musicians and singers are the lowest paid occupation in the province, with a median salary of just $13,000. Actors and comedians are a close second with median pay of just $15,000. Restaurant hosts, nannies (listed above as “home child care providers”), food and beverage servers and harvesting labourers were also near the bottom. Perhaps the most surprising occupation near the bottom, at least for me, was practitioners of natural healing, the fifth-worst-paid occupation in the province.

A quick note about this income data. StatsCan provides a bunch of different data points for income. The one used in these charts is median wages and salaries for “full-time, full-year” employees. This seems like the most useful figure to use as it won’t skew professions that have low pay simply because a lot of people doing the job only work part-time.

I also created a map showing the richest and poorest neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver and a chart showing the richest and poorest municipalities in Metro and across the province. Both are below.
Click on the link and there's an interactive chart where you'll be able to do a search on specific occupations. I'm personally surprised by the median income of physicians, they're lower than I expected.

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Judge - $232,381
Mining Engineers - $120,122
Specialist Physician - $109,593
School principals and administrators of elementary - $101,265
Lawyers and Quebec notaries - $99,870
Pharmacists - $95,271
University professors and lecturers - $90,780
Dentists - $84,227
Software Engineers and designers - $81,603
General Practitioner and family physicians - $81,042
Secondary school teacher - $73,199
Financial auditors and accountants - $61,544
Payroll clerks - $49,382
Restaurant and food service managers - $38,424
Bartenders - $21,731
Musicians and singers - $13,031
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Lawyer seems low as well..
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Lawyer seems low as well..
I once considered going into patent law (I come from an engineering background), and from what I gathered, their salary isn't as high as the media portrays it as. There's obviously some extremely successful lawyers who make $$$$ but for median income, I think that's in-line.
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Most of those are a lot lower than they actually are.

ie. How many plumbers actually make $52k/yr? Even above the table, I don't know any plumbers who have been in the field for more than 5 years, that make less $80-90k/yr.
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The data are flawed because the National Household Survey was voluntary unlike the previous long-form census.

If people are working under the table, they would be less likely to respond in voluntary surveys.
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I know electricians who are making $100k+, hell my dad is a technologist and he's been making $150k plus overtime for the past 25 years. Not really sure if this list is that accurate.
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Remember these are just the median salaries. Half are making more and half are making less, part-time people drag the average down A LOT.
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Remember these are just the median salaries. Half are making more and half are making less, part-time people drag the average down A LOT.
Agreed on the first part, but the salaries are based on full-time only.
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Although interesting to read, I question the actual validity of this data.

I know very few doctors in BC that are not specialists that make less than $100,000/year. Of course, specialists would make substantially more. I don't see how the median could only be $100K for specialists.

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Remember these are just the median salaries. Half are making more and half are making less, part-time people drag the average down A LOT.
Didn't read this...Guess I don't understand how the median here is calculated.
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I know Mining Engineers that make twice the "median" amount.

That money is ridiculous. Alllmost make me want to get into the field.
But I know Weld inspectors who make closer to $200k, and they sleep for 90% of thier shift.
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I wish they had the min, max, and average salaries as well.
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But I know Weld inspectors who make closer to $200k, and they sleep for 90% of thier shift.
I have 2 friends who are welding inspectors. One just travels the province and recertifies shops (was a fabricator, just got into inspecting 8 months ago) and probably makes around $70-$80k. The other inspects welds in the gas and oil industry, 15+ years experience, specializing in underwater inspections and travels globally. I'd be surprised if he NETS less than $300k/yr.
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They are listed.

Officers (basic, not doctors, judges or pilots who make substantially more) - $81,000
NCM's - $68700

That number for NCM's is a trained, spec pay Corporal. This number doesn't reflect other incentives like PLD and deployments.
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Remember these are just the median salaries. Half are making more and half are making less, part-time people drag the average down A LOT.
Pharmacists making more than physicians and dentists
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I know Mining Engineers that make twice the "median" amount.

That money is ridiculous. Alllmost make me want to get into the field.
But I know Weld inspectors who make closer to $200k, and they sleep for 90% of thier shift.
Gotta keep in mind that mining engineers probably get paid that much (or the data is skewed) because they gotta relocate to places in the middle of no where, super small towns, or stay at a camp.

I just graduated from mining engineering and if I made that much staying in the city I'd be all over it, but unfortunately that's not gonna happen.
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cool facts but...

i make more than the judge by flipping houses & condos in the lower mainland.
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i make more than the judge by flipping houses & condos in the lower mainland.
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i make more than the judge by flipping houses & condos in the lower mainland.
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They don't have Leasehand, Roughneck, Motorhand, or Drillers on there in the top ten...

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They are listed.

Officers (basic, not doctors, judges or pilots who make substantially more) - $81,000
NCM's - $68700

That number for NCM's is a trained, spec pay Corporal. This number doesn't reflect other incentives like PLD and deployments.
Then there's all the ways that their pay gets fuckin knocked down due to administrative errors that the member in turn gets shafted for.
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I don't think Gululu's claims are unreasonable. I think you could make more than 232k/yr flipping houses as long as you have the right crew, work ethic and realtor.

I pay fairly close attention to local real estate in the S Surrey / White Rock area and see a lot of older properties being given the same old renos and being listed for 200-300k more than a similar property that requires maybe 100k max in facelifts. I figure a good crew could do 1 property quarterly on average? No real data to back that up, just figure it could be done..
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