Average Starting Salaries: 2014 Technology Edition

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Canada’s technology sector continues to thrive. The Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) predicts that 17, 700 people will be employed annually from 2011-2016, bringing in 106,000 more workers.

The IT industry reports that 70% of employers credit growing business activity by the end of 2013, with 35% of those employers adding full time roles. Business has become a crucial skill for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) employees.

Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) reveals that the video game industry employs 16, 500 men and women, with a 5% growth from last year. It contributed to $2.3 billion by the end of 2012.

On the other hand, technical support analysts (up 19,000), multimedia designers / graphic illustrators (up 17,000), and electronics engineers (up 8,000) experienced a growth in jobs. It’s also a time where freelance and contractors are doing well in the industry.

Diversity emerges more than ever this year, with a total of 200,000 women working in the industry, and immigrant employment takes up 37% of the industry. With things changing so fast, the potential of young people in these roles is endless. Unique combinations with tech make the career possibilities endless. Whether you like biology, music, fashion, design, engineering, or criminology, there’s a match for you.

It’s important to stay informed about new careers and salaries. We’ve compiled a sample list of the careers you may find, along with their salaries: 

Information Technology

IT Support Analyst

Vancouver: $43, 570
Calgary: $48, 050
Toronto: $42, 659
Montreal: $41, 496

IT Consultant

Vancouver: $43, 809
Calgary: $45,789
Toronto: $46, 131
Montreal: $43,020

Systems Engineer

Vancouver: $49, 815
Calgary: $53, 319
Toronto: $51, 987
Montreal: $48, 718

Computer Programmer

Vancouver: $46, 832
Calgary: $50, 372
Toronto: $47, 390
Montreal: $45, 362

Web

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist

Vancouver: $36, 203
Toronto: $36, 238
Montreal: $35, 626

Information Architect

Calgary: $50,255
Toronto: $48, 432
Montreal: $44,648
Calgary: $50,255

User Experience Designer

Vancouver: $44, 273
Calgary: $49, 496
Toronto: $45,427
Montreal: $42, 699

Web Developer

Toronto: $35, 676
Montreal: $35, 005
Vancouver: $35, 621

Webmaster

Vancouver: $39, 083
Toronto: $40, 165
Montreal: $37, 815

Web Designer

Vancouver: $35, 046
Edmonton: $35, 738
Toronto: $36, 125
Montreal: $34, 422

Software Development

Jr. Software Engineer

Toronto: $43, 059
Vancouver: $43, 331
Montreal: $42, 332

Software Developer

Calgary: $47, 507
Toronto: $44, 676
Montreal: $42, 775

Other

Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst

Vancouver: $43, 608
Calgary: $47, 734
Toronto: $43, 674
Montreal: $42, 008

Graphic Designer/Artist

Vancouver: $31, 260
Calgary: %33, 549
Toronto: $31, 555
Montreal: $30, 407

Communications Specialist

Vancouver: $38, 164
Toronto: $38, 606
Montreal: $37, 223

Check out our Technology Career Guide for more articles!

Sources: Payscale.com, The Digital Economy in Canada, Information and Communication Technology Council, Career Mash, CNW Group, Quarterly Monitor of Canada’s Digital Economy 2013 Q1

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Jessica Cruz 's scattered thoughts, ideas and quirky comics travel from her mind to paper. She enjoys narrative writing, graphic design, outdoor sports, and occasionally defeating virtual zombies. Her final year at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College (joint program) lands a double major in Communication, Culture & Information Technology (CCIT) and Professional Writing. She faces a career quest in the realm of marketing, design, writing, and web. Find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.