Average Starting Salaries: Oil & Gas Edition 2014

Average Starting Salaries: Petroleum Edition 2014


Canada’s petroleum industry is one of the largest in the country and certainly the most promising.

In fact, with greater consumer demand for energy, the industry is projected to see a considerable increase in its workforce, as well as a healthy increase in the compensation the industry offers its employees.

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With many avenues of employment for Canadians to explore – be it in engineering, in the field or on the business end – it is little wonder that many young graduates are eager to enter the world of opportunity in petroleum.

Curious about what your starting salary will look like in oil and gas? Read on as we cover the average starting salaries for the most common jobs for recent grads in the petroleum industry.

Entry-level engineering
Chemical 66,505
Civil 61,762
Environmental 62,542
Electrical 64,902
Electronics 71,179
Field Services 58,959
Manufacturing 62,051
Materials 65,391
Mechanical 64,041
Product 56,756
Project 68,070
Field operations
Control Centre Operator 60,000
Drilling Leasehand 27/hr
Drillers 42.20/hr
Service Rig Technicians 22/hr
Operators 33/hr
Seismic Operator 36,000
Field Operator 26,000 – $45,000
Field Services Technician 39,000 – $55,000
Machine Operator (Junior) 17 – $25/hr
Drilling Floorhand 25/hr
Shop Help/General Labourer 18 – $23

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Sources: A Career in Mining, ASET Salary Survey, Petroleum Services Association of Canada, Salary.com, and Careers in Oil and Gas.