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 $69.71 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $46.93 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $85,000 – $125,000.

Employment prospects for petroleum engineers are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced 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*33.8569.71106.032015
Edmonton – Alberta*29.3346.9378.402015
Thompson / Okanagan / Kootenay – British Columbia(1)16.9449.19106.47 2011
Winnipeg – Manitoba
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia
Toronto – Ontario(1)22.3048.9182.892011
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1)22.3048.9182.892011
Ottawa – Ontario(1)22.3048.9182.892011
London – Ontario(1)22.3048.9182.892011
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan


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 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in natural and applied sciences, which includes petroleum engineers, is $38.46. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,500, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $78,000.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Chemical Engineers
Drillers and Blasters
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Mechanical Engineers

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