The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has the country preparing for unprecedented expansion and with that will undoubtedly come career opportunities, but what can job seekers expect in regards to Canadian cannabis salaries?
According to a recent survey, Canadian cannabis salaries are on par with other industries in the country and are expected to increase with the rollout of recreational cannabis.
The survey, conducted by Edmonton-based Cannabis at Work, analyzed annual salary data for 10 benchmark positions at 7ACRES, a subsidiary of Supreme Pharma (TSXV: FIRE); Aphria (TSX: APH); Aurora (TSX: ACB); Bonify; Emblem (TSXV: EMC); Hydropothecary (TSXV: THCX); Maricann (CSE: MARI); and Organigram (TSXV: OGI).
The survey found that $40,000 is the average salary for a customer care provider and $86,000 is the average for senior accountants, with some making more than $98,000.
“I think that people can be really excited about these roles, in terms of, there’s lots of opportunity for transferable skills,” said Alison McMahon, founder and CEO of Edmonton-based Cannabis at Work, as reported by Metro News.
“As we approach legalization, there is going to be a lot more demand for talent in this sector and I think a lot more excitement around people entering this sector,” McMahon explained. “There’s going to be a significant amount of demand for talent that is likely going to drive up salaries at that point.”