More from the CostMine 2013 Survey of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. This time we look at the annual salaries (in thousands of Canadian $) for mainly engineering types in Canadian mines. Some country-wide averages:
- Mill Plant Superintendent = 138 K
- Chief/Senior Engineer = 134 K
- Mine Engineer = 100 K
- Envirnmental Coordinator = 103 K
- Surveyor = 73 K
Most of my clients at mines where I consult are the Mil Plant Superintendent. This because the tailings facility usually falls under the mill super. So let us look in some detail at salary ranges and salaries by region of the country.
In the Eastern Region of Canada, the range for mill supers is 79 to 191 K, with an average of 130 K. In the Western Region the range is 113 to 205 K, with an average of 138 K.
It matters whether the mine is surface or underground. The average mill super’s salary for surface mines is 135 K, and for underground mines is 143 K.
And the most important factors is the kind of mine:
- Metal Mines = 146 K
- Diamond and Industrial Minerals = 94 K
- Fossil Fuel Mines = 178 K
The oil sands pay well!
Similar figures for the Chief/Senior Engineer are:
- Eastern Region = 102 to 175 K and average of 137 K.
- Western Region = 108 to 203 K and average of 133 K.
Engineering technicians do not do too badly either. Overall the country-wide average salary is $76,700. The range in the east is 70 to 81 K. The range in the west is 73 to 89 K.
Hope you are above the average.