SALARY SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
Classification Guide (Figure 1) ..... view
APEGGA extends special thanks to the 93 employers who
supplied 8,505 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.
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 98 per cent of
provide a comprehensive benefits package including
dental, drug, long-term disability and medical plans.
salary increase for all professions was 3.1 per cent.
Approximately 74 per cent of the employers offer some
type of retirement plan. Further information on other
compensation will be made available through the 2003
Value of Professional Services booklet.
Selected highlights from this year's survey are given
in the tables and figures within this special section.
Complete results of the survey will be published in
the 2003 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 it off this site, once
HOW TO USE SURVEY RESULTS
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
- Salary levels vary among industry sectors.
- Salaries by year of graduation (Figure
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 concept.
- The salaries quoted are base salaries in effect
as of June 2003. The salaries include cost-of-living
allowances and bonuses, which have a continuing relationship
to salary. Commissions, fringe benefits and/or profit
sharing are not included.
- The statistical measures used in compiling the
tables are the median, quartiles (Q3, Q1), deciles
and average. The median salary is the salary at which
50 per cent of the respondent salaries are higher
and 50 per cent are lower. The Q3 salary is the salary
at which 25 per cent of the respondent salaries are
higher and 75 per cent are lower. The
D9 salary has 10 per cent of the salaries higher
and 90 per cent lower.