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20 Jobs that pay the average Canadian salary

Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder Writer

Most of us spend a good amount of time thinking about our finances — how much we earn, how much we spend and how much we save. What most of us don’t do, however, is talk about our finances. It’s considered to be taboo to run around bragging about how much (or griping about how little) money comes in and out of our lives.

Because of the stigma associated with talking about money, it can be hard to determine where we stand in the pecking order of our wage-earning peers, since we likely don’t know how much those around us are making. You may think you should be earning more money, when in reality, your salary could already be well above that of the average Canadian.

To help you determine if where you stand — and whether you should be earning more, or just learn to be happy with what you have — we gathered some information on the average Canadian salary.

According to the most recent data from Statistics Canada, average hourly earnings were $823.53 per week in 2009, or $42,823 if you work all 52 weeks of the year. To give you an idea of who earns the average living, here’s a list of jobs that pay around $42,000 per year.

1. Medical lab technician

Average annual salary: $42,600*

2. Sales assistant

Average annual salary: $41,900

3. Travel agent

Average annual salary: $41,800

4. Guidance counselor

Average annual salary: $41,500

5. Construction worker

Average annual salary: $42,100

6. Food tester

Average annual salary: $43,000

7. Locksmith

Average annual salary: $42,900

8. Admissions representative

Average annual salary: $42,600

9. Window repairer

Average annual salary: $41,300

10. Credit investigator

Average annual salary: $42,200

11. Securities clerk

Average annual salary: $41,700

12. Furniture repairer

Average annual salary: $41,800

13. Insurance claims examiner

Average annual salary: $42,600

14. Employment clerk

Average annual salary: $42,400

15. Silversmith

Average annual salary: $42,600

16. Payroll clerk

Average annual salary: $42,500

17. Farm equipment mechanic

Average annual salary: $43,000

18. Custom tailor

Average annual salary: $42,900

19. Watch repairer

Average annual salary: $42,700

20. Used car salesman

Average annual salary: $41,700

*All salary data from SalaryExpert.com

Kaitlin Madden is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow @Careerbuilder on Twitter.

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