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B.C. salary survey shows project management pays most

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) has just published the results of its 2014 salary survey. The survey follows one done two years ago and sheds interesting light on the benefits provided to those...


The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) has just published the results of its 2014 salary survey. The survey follows one done two years ago and sheds interesting light on the benefits provided to those working in consulting engineering and other sectors in the province.

The survey was conducted this May and is based on over 3,000 respondents. Of these, over 87% were full-time salaried employees.

The median base salary for all the respondents at all levels of responsibility is $91,000. The range is from $59,500 at the lowest level to $167,500 at the top.

Compared to 2012 salaries overall have increased over 4% over the two-year period.

The median salary for those working in the consulting engineering sector is $85,000, compared to $91,000 among all the survey respondents, which also takes in those employed in sectors such as government, industry, utilities, and natural resources.

Within consulting, project management engineers had the highest median salary at $130,027.

Following are median salaries in some other consulting engineering sectors:

Energy and LEED  $71,000

Structural  $73,840

Electrical $85,000

Fire protection  $92,500

Municipal $100,776

Water resources $90,000

Transportation $83,500

Environmental $88,000

Geotechnical  $80,000

The most common standard work week is 40 hours (54.7%). Most (over 90%) of the respondents enjoy extended health benefits, dental plans and long-term disability benefits. Over 45% have employer-sponsored RRSP plans, and 46% have an employee-sponsored pension plan.

The average work day is 44 hours. Three to four weeks is the vacation entitlement of over 67% of the respondents.

Interestingly, the median compensation for women at the lower levels of responsibility was higher ($72,000) than for men ($69,000).  However, at the middle and top ranges of responsibility, men earned more than women.

The salary gauges responsibility with an APEGBC point system that takes into account everything from what role the individual plays in engineering projects, to how many employees they may supervise, to how often they have to travel for work, etc.

For more information and to read the survey, click here.