If You Earn $100K You Are In The Top 10% of Canadians – Income Distributions From 1985 – 2016

Below are three graphs showing Canadian income distribution for an individual from 1985 through 2015.  To get to the point, if you earn:

  • $100K/year you are in the top 10% of Canadians
  • $125K/year you are in the top 5% of Canadians
  • $150K/year you are in the top 3% of Canadians
  • $175K/year you are in the top 2% of Canadians
  • $235K/year you are in the top 1% of Canadians


You may also find our very short article titled Income Map Of Canada: What Province Has The Highest Income Earners? (Hint: It’s Not Ontario or Quebec)

Below are some interesting finding from the 2016 Statistics Canada Household Income Survey:

  • One-third of couples had fairly equal incomes in 2015 compared with about one-fifth of couples 30 years earlier.
  • In 2015, 96% of Canadian couples had both spouses reporting income, up significantly from about two-thirds in the mid-1970s.
  • Alberta ($93,835) had the third-highest median income among the provinces and territories in 2015, down from second place in 2005. Alberta was the fifth-fastest growing province/territory in Canada at 24.0%.
  • New Brunswick ($59,347) had the lowest median income in Canada in 2015, followed by Quebec ($59,822). Median household income grew by 8.9% in Quebec from 2005, the second-slowest provincial/territorial growth rate in Canada over the decade. Montréal, the largest city in the province, had a median total income of $61,790 in 2015, up 8.8% from 2005.
  • A smaller proportion of children aged 5 or younger were living in low income households in 2015, as the rate decreased from 18.8% to 17.8% over the decade
  • The rate of senior Canadians in low income rose from 12.0% in 2005 to 14.5% by 2015
  • In 1985, a man had relatively higher income in 71.3% of couples compared with 8.0% for women but by 2016, 50.7% of couples a male had relatively higher income while in 17.3% a female had relatively higher income.

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    Having read this I believed it was really enlightening. $100K used to seem like so much money but now most people, at least those with an education or trade skills, can break that barrier

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