Average Starting Salaries For Students And Recent Grads In Canada’s Petroleum Industry


When it comes to energy that powers our appliances and cars however, a great deal of that energy comes from oil and gas. With this consistent demand, the world market for energy is currently forecasted to increase by 50 per cent by 2030.

As the petroleum sector grows, so do the number of opportunities available for entry level job seekers – and the salaries you’ll be paid for working in the industry.

There’s something for everyone in the Canadian oil and gas industry, which currently employs over 500,000 people with job openings in a variety of fields and location. Salaries range widely according to level of experience, designations received, educational background and the level of responsibility required by the position, but one thing they have in common is that they are typically well above average when you compare them to similar roles in other industries.

Canadian oil and gas professionals are even being paid some of the highest rates in the world, with an average salary of $130,120 per year in 2012 – 63% higher than the worldwide average of $81,345!

Here are some of the most in-demand roles in the oil and gas industry and the type of dough that they could earn you based on recent salary estimates.

Engineering Co-op/Intern Student: $49,911
Engineer-in-Training: $68,048
Assistant Project Engineer: $81,068
Project Engineer: $95,049

Geoscience Co-op/Intern Student: $50,613
Geoscientist-in-Training: $68,936
Assistant Project Geoscientist: $83,010
Project Geoscientist: $100,094

Source: APEGA Value of Professional Services 2012

Technician/Technologist-in-Training (T.T.): $65,397
Certified Technician (C.Tech): $65,098
Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.): $77,023

Source: ASET Salary Survey Report 2012

Driller: $43.70 per hour
Assistant Driller: $39.00 per hour
Derrickhand: $37.00 per hour
Motorhand: $32.00 per hour
Floorhand: $30.00 per hour
Leasehand: $27.50 per hour

Source: CAODC Drilling Crews Recommended Wage Schedule

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