Breaking into the six-figure salary range doesn't mean you have to take on a senior executive position, a new report shows. Jobs in technology and the digital sphere also come with healthy paycheques in Canada.
The 2012 Salary Guide, by Robert Half Technology and the Creative Group, found that information architects, data-security analysts and user-experience (UX) designers often enjoy compensation of $100,000 or more. The high pay reflects the high demand for workers with these skills, as companies invest more in information technology and the digital world.
"Employers are prepared to compensate well for professionals with solid experience in areas such as enhancing and securing a firm's online presence across multiple platforms, or gathering and assessing business data," Lara Dodo, a regional vice-president of Robert Half Technology and the Creative Group in Canada, said in a statement.
The guide lists six tech and creative design jobs that can, on average, bring annual pay of $100,000 or more:
Business systems analyst: As companies try to gather more information about their customers, they need people who can analyze business data and assess automated systems. Salaries, on average, range from $78,500 to $108,750.
Data security analyst: There is demand for people who can analyze security threats and protect against them. Average salaries range from $83,250 to $124,500.
Information architect: They help analyze audiences for the Web, design website features and help define content strategy. Base compensation, on average, is between $90,000 and $140,000.
Interactive creative director: This job involves leading creative teams (such as writers, designers and art directors). Average base pay is $95,000 to $140,000.
Mobile application developer: People who develop apps for use on smartphones, tablets and other mobile developers are in strong demand. Average starting salary ranges from $72,500 to $102,750.
UX designer: Companies are looking for professionals who can create positive experiences for online users. Average starting pay is $80,000 to $120,000.