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APEGGA extends special thanks to the 84 employers who supplied 7,690 salary statistics for its annual June survey of engineering, geological and geophysical positions.

Participating organizations provided salary information based on the level of responsibility of each employee's position, data on year of graduation, if available, and information on the type of organization. A new job classification – Co-op and Intern Students – was added where applicable to the salary survey data. Additional information was again collected on other compensation provided to employees. The preliminary results are similar to those of last year with the data indicating that approximately 91% of the organizations provide a comprehensive benefits package which includes dental, drug, long-term disability, and medical plans. The average salary increase for all professions was 2.3%. More than 83% of the employers offer some type of retirement plan. Further information on other compensation will be made available through the 2002 Value of Professional Services booklet.

Selected highlights from this year's survey are given in the tables and figures that follow.

The complete results of the survey will be published in
the 2002 Value of Professional Services booklet which will be available to members in November. Contact the Calgary or Edmonton APEGGA office to request a copy, or you can download off the APEGGA website here.



To use salary survey data as a guideline it is important to
consider all reported results and to keep in mind the following remuneration concepts.

• Salary is basically determined by the level of responsibility of the position. (The Job Classification Guide should be used to determine your level of responsibility and the results reported in Tables 1-3 should be closely noted).

• Salary levels vary among industry sectors, among
regions within the province, and among various sizes of organizations.

• Salaries by year of graduation (Figure 2) should only
be used as a check on career progress relative to
others of an equivalent age. Employers and
members consistently want and use this information
as a check on the more basic level-of-responsibility


• The salaries quoted are BASE salaries in effect as of June 2002. The salaries include cost-of-living allowances and bonuses which have a continuing relationship to salary. Commissions, fringe benefits, profit sharing are not included.

• The statistical measures used in compiling the tables are the median, quartiles (Q3, Q1), deciles (D9, D1) and average. The median salary is the salary at which 50% of the respondent salaries are higher and 50% are lower. The Q3 salary is the salary at which 25% of the respondent salaries are higher
and 75% are lower. The D9 salary has 10% of the salaries higher and 90% lower.





Salary Survey
Ross Plecash
(780) 426-3990

Barbara Jensen bjensen@apegga.org



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