Petroleum Engineers Salary Canada

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Average Petroleum Engineer’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Petroleum Engineers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2145.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: petroleum engineer, subsea engineer and oil and gas drilling engineer.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $78.31 per hour and the average wages are $50.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $95,000 – $150,000.

Employment prospects for petroleum engineers are fair in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be in surplus for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Petroleum Engineers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*38.0078.3191.482017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1)38.0075.9689.902017
Thompson / Okanagan / Kootenay – British Columbia(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Toronto – Ontario(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Ottawa – Ontario(3)27.0050.0080.002016
London – Ontario(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Prince Edward Island(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Montreal – Quebec(3)27.0050.0080.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(3)27.0050.0080.002016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Directing and monitoring oil and gas drilling operations
›› Developing drilling programs and selecting sites
›› Carrying out well testing and well surveys
›› Designing and selecting artificial lift machinery and other well production equipment
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes petroleum engineers, is $40.85. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,538, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $80,000.

Number in employment

There are over 20,000 mining, geological and petroleum engineers working in Canada.

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