Pay and Benefits

Work in the oil & gas industry can be very rewarding


Just as there is a wide range of career paths within the oil & gas industry, the salaries also span a wide range, with differences across employers and locations. However, above-average pay and excellent benefits packages are definitely the norm when you compare positions to those in other fields.


Great careers and great wages


There are many careers where starting annual salaries are in excess of $35,000. Some, such as those in engineering, earth sciences, or drilling, begin at close to $50,000. If working offshore, you may start at about $75,000.  Once reaching a senior position in your field, you can expect to make more than $100,000 per year.


Good pay is just one of the many benefits


In addition to higher-than-average wages, there are many other benefits to working in the dynamic oil and gas industry – the least of which is a rewarding and challenging career. Some of the additional benefits include:

  • Access to the latest technology
  • The ability to study, live and work in your home province and the opportunity to travel and work all over the world
  • Strong potential for career advancement
  • Highly-competitive compensation packages that may include such items as salary, bonuses, location-specific benefits, generous vacation programs and health/dental and retirement benefit packages
  • Flexible work schedules and the opportunity to achieve a strong work-life balance