You landed an interview for an engineering job with a company like BHP Billiton or Nexen and your prospective employer asks about your salary expectations.
Stumped for an answer?
Knowing the starting salary in your industry can not only show you’re knowledgeable about the field – it’s also something you should be aware of when you start your job search.
We’ve put together the average starting salaries for engineers working in four different major cities in Canada.
This info should help you get a rough idea of the amount of money you’ll soon be earning as a new grad engineer – and it’s only going to get better with more experience.
|Software Engineer||Mechanical Engineer|
|Toronto: Starting at $43,172||Toronto: $44,832|
|Montreal: $44,283||Montreal: $41,586|
|Vancouver: $42,827||Vancouver: $44,068|
|Edmonton: $42,261||Edmonton: $45,476|
|Electrical Engineer||Materials Engineer|
|Toronto: $47,888||Toronto: $46,705|
|Montreal: $44,400||Montreal: $44,566|
|Vancouver: $47,477||Vancouver: $45,810|
|Edmonton: $50,777||Edmonton: $46,773|
|Mining Engineer||Chemical Engineer|
|Montreal: $56,746||Montreal: $46,355|
|Vancouver: $60,786||Vancouver: $49,376|
|Edmonton: $61,820||Edmonton: $52,336|
|Industrial Engineer||Petroleum Engineer|
|Toronto: $45,601||Toronto: $58,684|
|Montreal: $43,145||Montreal: $56,438|
|Vancouver: $45,197||Vancouver: $58,756|
|Edmonton: $48,211||Edmonton: $59,118|
According to the Engineering and Technology Labour Market Study, which analyzed engineering job outlooks in Canada until 2018, there will be a heavy demand for mechanical, civil, electrical, industrial, petroleum and aerospace engineers, especially beginning in 2014. Because of this, employers will have to offer higher salaries and assist with re-location costs in areas where the demand is heaviest.
There will be a moderate demand (defined as difficulty recruiting engineers with five years of Canadian experience) for chemical and computer engineers from now until 2018. The report also predicts that baby boomers retiring in these occupations will increase the already high demand.
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