Averaging Starting Salaries For Entry Level Forest Products Jobs

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Living in a country that is rich with natural resources gives young Canadians several unique opportunities to have a prosperous career in one of these resource-driven fields.

A career in the forest products industry is relevant in 200 communities across the nation that are dependent on this sector. On its own, the Forest Products Industry makes up 12% of Canada’s total manufacturing GDP.

The opportunities for recent grads in this field range significantly and include, skilled labour, as well as professional roles. This sector directly employs 230,000 employees across the nation.

There has also been a recent, very prominent, trend in the forest products industry toward conservation and sustainability. By working in this sector, candidates who value corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship will have the chance to have a direct influence when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of the entire sector.

Here’s a look at the average starting salaries for a few entry level positions in the industry. These figures do not include annual bonuses or the monetary value of potential benefit packages.

Heavy Machine Operator (hourly rate)

(Note: Includes both Sawing and Logging Machine Operators)

Alberta: $20
Manitoba: $16
Ontario: $18
British Columbia: $17

Forester

Alberta: $46,090
Manitoba: $39,935
Ontario: $42,969
British Columbia: $46,851

Environmental Consultant

Alberta: $44,201
Manitoba: $37,913
Ontario: $41,416
British Columbia: $43,913

Environmental Technician

Alberta: $40,379
Manitoba: $31,939
Ontario: $38,347
British Columbia: $39,705

Scientific Researcher, Forestry

Alberta: $55,385
Manitoba: $44,421
Ontario: $51,884
British Columbia: $54,078

Environmental Engineer, Forestry

Alberta: $61,861
Manitoba: $49,950
Ontario: $56,860
British Columbia: $60,971

Forest Ecologist

Across Canada: $54,977

Forest Products Career Guide, student jobs and entry level jobs, Resolute Forest Products

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