In the newCanadian Mine Salaries, Wages & Benefit 2009 survey, CostMine lists the salaries of those working in the Canadian mining industry in mid 2009. I am always surprised how low they seem by comparison with the salaries of those folk I know in the industry, engineers on the oil sands mines and in consulting companies in Vancouver. Maybe you just have to face it: if you really want to increase your salary in the Canadian mining industry, you have to work in the oil sands or as a consultant.

Here are a few of the salaries listed by CostMine for genuine miners working the mines of Canada (all numbers are thousands of dollars per year):

  • General Manager = 170
  • Mine Manager = 129
  • Mine Superintendant = 105
  • Senior Engineer = 107
  • Mine Engineer = 91
  • Metallurgist = 83
  • Mine Geologist = 82
  • Environmental Coordinator = 84
  • Accountant = 85
  • Secretary = 48

These are of course averages. The salaries vary considerably from east to west, from surface to underground mine, and by type of commodity mined. For example, the uppersalaries at western minesare as follows:

  • General Manager = 225
  • Mine Manager = 155
  • Senior Engineer = 146
  • Secretary = 58

Those working on surface mines earn more than those working on underground mines. Here are the ranges for some job classifications–and I note the significant variations from the bottom to the top of the salary scale:

  • General Manager = 120 to 235
  • Mine Engineer = 62 to 141
  • Mine Geologist = 55 to 93
  • Environmental Coordinator = 72 to 114
  • Accountant = 75 to 95
  • Secretary = 30 to 58

With some 34 mines reporting in to the survey, there is considerably more information in the survey than I could (or should) report here. I recommend you access the original via your human resources officer or professional organization to assess the reasonableness of your salary. Or if you are vastly off the scale (above or below) let me or the folks at CostMine know.