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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 the organizations provide a comprehensive benefits package including dental, drug, long-term disability and medical plans. The average 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 it’s available.



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.

  • 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 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 (D9, D1) 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.




Salary Survey
Ross Plecash
(780) 426-3990

Barbara Jensen bjensen@apegga.org



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