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Best-paid tech jobs in Canada 2023


While hunting for the best-paid tech jobs of 2023, we have ventured to the U.S., the UK, Australia, Singapore, and now Canada. The home of the wondrous maple leaf is also home to some of the best-paid tech jobs in the world. Let’s jump into Canada's top 10 best-paid tech jobs in 2023.

We will review the list in descending order (from 10 to 1).

Security Engineer

As featured in our previous top ten articles, “a security engineer is responsible for designing and implementing security solutions. This individual will identify security measures, respond to security incidents, and develop solutions to mitigate these problems. This position demands a deep knowledge of computer networks, security protocols, and best practices.”

Security engineer's roles and responsibilities

  • Develop and implement security measures for a company
  • Design and implement comprehensive security architecture
  • Identify and document vulnerabilities within a security system
  • Monitor and manage security systems

Security engineer's skills

  • Knowledge of operating systems and database security
  • Understanding and experience with security systems such as firewalls, anti-virus applications, authentication systems, and intrusion detection
  • Deep understanding of cyber security protocols
  • Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

The annual average salary for a Security Engineer is approximately CA$65,677 ($48,774)

User Interface Designer

As our previous article, UX vs UI, states, “UI designers focus on style and aesthetics to build interactive interfaces in software or digital devices. UI designers also focus on creating easy-to-use, pleasurable interfaces that end users can navigate.”

UI designer's roles and responsibilities

  • Create and design the user interfaces for an app or website
  • Conduct user research
  • Improve the look of existing interfaces
  • Account for the human-computer interaction element of a design

UI designer's skills

  • Collaboration
  • Strong design and aesthetics skills
  • Understand and follow the principle of interaction design
  • Experience with wireframing and prototyping

The average salary for a User Interface Designer is approximately CA$68,244 ($50,714)

Mobile App Developer

As our previous article suggests, “a mobile app developer creates applications for mobile devices such as smartphones. This individual will create, design, and build device software. A mobile app developer may also create mobile versions of popular websites or computer applications.”

Mobile app developer’s roles and responsibilities

  • Discuss application development with senior employees/employers
  • Ideate application features and design
  • Devise a plan for coding, testing, and releasing applications
  • Write code, debug, and patch application errors

Mobile app developer’s skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • CreativityIdentify and interpret datasets

The annual average salary for a Mobile App Developer is approximately CA$85,177 ($63,280)

Data Scientist

As our previous article shows, data scientists are “responsible for analyzing and studying large data sets” and extrapolating meaningful insights from a mass of data. Cybernews Academy characterizes this field as multidisciplinary, as data science “combines various facets of computer science to solve some of the industry’s most complex data problems.”

Data scientist’s roles and responsibilities

  • Identify and interpret datasets
  • Use algorithms to improve data models
  • Analyze datasets and recognize patterns
  • Create data models

Data scientist's skills

  • Mathematics
  • Software engineering knowledge
  • Machine learning knowledge
  • Business understanding
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Java, Python, and SAS

The average salary for a Data Scientist is approximately CA$91,225 ($67,749)

Big Data Engineer

A big data engineer is an individual who is responsible for developing, managing, testing, and analyzing an organization's data. Specifically, large data sets that big companies often collect. Big data engineers differ from data scientists as these individuals craft, manage, and build the systems and processes that extract this data.

Big data engineer’s roles and responsibilities

  • Implementing and creating software systems that handle big data
  • Designing and implementing systems that collect and process data
  • Developing data architectures that align with business requirements
  • Develop data solutions using programming languages and other technologies

Big data engineer’s skills

  • Experience using programming languages such as C++, Java, and Python
  • Understanding and experience with databases and SQL
  • Experience in data mining and data modeling
  • Awareness of various operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Unix

The average salary for a Big Data Engineer is approximately CA$101,550 ($75,478)

Blockchain Engineer

A blockchain engineer will design, develop, and manage the intricacies of Blockchain systems. This individual will have an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of blockchain and concepts such as decentralized systems, cryptography, and more.

Blockchain engineer’s roles and responsibilities

  • Developing blockchain solutions
  • Designing decentralized applications
  • Creating automated smart contracts
  • Ensuring the security of the blockchain network

Blockchain engineer’s skills

  • Awareness of the fundamental concepts of blockchain
  • Understanding of programming languages such as C++, Python, and Solidity
  • Excellent understanding of cryptography
  • Communication skills

The average salary for a Blockchain Engineer is approximately CA$101,707 ($75,637)

Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

This IT specialist uses automation tools to observe and manage software reliability in a company or organization. This individual can reduce the friction between the development teams who regularly release updates or new software.

SRE's roles and responsibilities

  • Building software that aids DevOps, ITOps, and IT support teams
  • Mitigates and manages issues in system reliability
  • Respond to incidents and write incident reviews
  • On-call responsibilities in case of incidents or issues

SRE's skills

  • Understanding of coding languages such as Python and Java
  • Excellent understanding of the continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines
  • Experience using monitoring tools like Prometheus and Solarwinds
  • Problem-solving skills

The average salary for a Site Reliability Engineer is approximately CA$103,257 ($76,713)

Artificial Intelligence Engineer

This position has surfaced a few times throughout our previous top ten articles. Our article states, "An artificial intelligence engineer uses artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts to develop applications and systems that increase an organization’s efficiency.”

Artificial intelligence engineer’s roles and responsibilities

  • Designing and implementing machine learning, deep learning, and neural network algorithms to optimize output
  • Analyze and interpret large amounts of data to inform the development of AI models
  • Enhancing functionality by integrating artificial intelligence capabilities into existing or new software applications
  • Collaborate with other teams (data scientists, machine learning engineers, and software developers) to ensure that the AI models align with the organization's goals

Artificial intelligence engineer’s skills

  • Excellent programming skills, specifically using Python, Java, and C++
  • Understanding and experience with deep learning frameworks
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Problem-solving skills

The annual average salary for an Artificial Intelligence Engineer is approximately CA$104,708 ($77,758)

Internet of Things Solutions Architect

An IoT solutions architect is an expert in designing and implementing solutions integrating the Internet of Things technology. IoT explained is the network of physical devices, home appliances, and vehicles embedded with software that allows the connectivity of devices and the exchange of data.

IoT solution architect’s roles and responsibilities

  • Developing architecture for IoT solutions that involve interconnected devices.
  • Ensuring that IoT devices can integrate with existing systems
  • Implementing security controls to protect IoT devices from cyber threats
  • Designing systems that can manage the data generated by IoT devices

IoT solutions architect’s skills

  • Understanding and experience with computer operating systems, hardware, and software
  • Mathematics
  • Problem-solving
  • Technical expertise

The average salary for an IoT Solutions Architect is approximately CA$117,794 ($87,5478)

Software Engineering Manager

Our previous articles highlight the responsibilities of a software engineering manager. “A software engineering manager is responsible for the work of other software engineers. This individual may be expected to lead multiple teams and projects while managing day-to-day implementation activities. Software engineering managers will be expected to lead their teams and ensure that their work adheres to specific standards set by the company.”

Software engineer manager’s roles and responsibilities

  • Guide and manage a team of software engineers through their daily tasks and engineering activities
  • Establish and maintain the expectations of the team
  • Manage relationships with the stakeholders and ensure that the team's work complies with standards, legal, and business requirements
  • Preemptively plan dependencies between other groups and deliver products and applications to standard

Software engineer manager’s skill

  • Experience leading large teams and managing projects
  • Excellent understanding of automation and continuous delivery methods
  • Strong knowledge of the software development lifecycle
  • Background in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or any related field

The average salary for a Software Engineer Manager is approximately CA$133,526 ($99,168)

We have seen some insane jobs available worldwide throughout this series. The U.S., the UK, Australia, and Singapore haven’t disappointed with their selection of lucrative job opportunities available in tech. Now, Canada also makes that list of countries that offer a wide range of technical and niche jobs accompanied by large salaries. The highest-paying job we have seen surface across the globe is Software Engineering Manager, which in Canada pays a solid $133,526. These tech careers are vital in ensuring the technological evolution of the future. With a degree in computer science, information technology, or any other related field, you could secure one of these lucrative jobs post-graduation.