Average Starting Salaries: Oil And Gas Edition 2013


Research shows that the Canadian petroleum industry is experiencing large salary increases due to increased demand for oil and gas. As a matter of fact, the Calgary Herald reported that Canada’s average annual income for an oil and gas professional is $125,680!

Opportunities in the petroleum industry exist in a number of fields, including engineering, skilled trades, mining, geoscience and business operations and support.

Read on to learn the starting salaries for some of these positions!

Business and administrative support services


Accounting clerk: $34,000 – $41,000
Accountant (junior): $40,000 – $55,000
Administrative assistant: $34,000 – $42,000
Clerical support staff: $30,000 – $41,000
Sales representative: $53,000 – $78,000
Inside sales representative: $46,000 – $75,000


Field operations


Field operator: $26,000 – $45,000
Field services technician: $39,000 – $55,000
Machine operator (junior): $17 – $25/hr
Drilling floorhand: $25/hr
Drilling leasehand: $23/hr
Shop help/General labourer: $18 – $23


Engineering and technology services


CAD Drafter: $49,000 – $59,000
Applications programmer/Analyst: $62,000 – $87,000
Chemical engineer: $78,189  or $38/hr (avg.)
Project engineer: $67,799 or $33/hr
Electrical engineer: $66,144 or $32/hr
Mechanical engineer: $64,775 or $31/hr


Do these careers sound intriguing? Get cracking and apply today!

Sources: A Career in MiningASET Salary Guide,  Petroleum Services Association of Canada, Salary.com

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