By Jack Caldwell - Mining Engineer - Robertson GeoConsultants

Let us return to the CostMine 2011 Survey results of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. Let us take a look at some salaries of those who work in Canadian mines. Here are the salaries and bonus for salaried staff at one Canadian Mine (first number is in $ per year; second number is bonus as a percent of salary)

  • Mine Manager: 220,000 35%
  • Mine Superintendent: 143,940 20%
  • Mill/Plant Superintendent: 143,940 20%
  • Senior Engineer : 143,940 20%
  • Mine Foreman: 112,680 10%
  • Mill/Plant Foreman: 112,680 10%
  • Senior Geologist: 94,717 10%
  • Metallurgist: 94,717 10%
  • Mine Engineer: 94,717 10%
  • Mine Geologist: 94,717 10%
  • Chemist: 94,717 10%
  • Accountant: 94,717 10%
  • Administrative Assistant: 54,776 10%
  • Secretary: 47,137 10%

These are actual salaries, although I do not know which mine they come from. Let us compare these to a few averages:

  • General Manager = 180,600
  • Mine Manager = 148,300
  • Mine Superintendent = 126,400
  • Mine Engineer = 93,300
  • Mine Geologist = 82,100
  • Surveyor = 63,700
  • Secretary = 53,000

Interesting that at the mine whose salaries we tabulate, the Mine Manager is well paid by comparison to the average, but the secretary is underpaid by comparison with the average.

Let us compare the average salary of Secretaries (first number below) and Administrative Assistants (second number below) for different types of mine:

  • Metal Mines = 52,100/53,700
  • Diamond and Industrial Mineral Mines = 40,800/48,400
  • Fossil Fuel Mines = 59,600/50,000

This last number looks funny—maybeit is all in what your job title is rather than in what you do or are paid. Clearly best tobe a secretary at a fossil fuel mine, though!

The numbers get even stranger if you look at the salaries of the Mine Engineer and the Environmental Coordinator:

  • Metal Mines = 87,500/94,300
  • Diamond and Industrial Mineral Mines = 149,800/86,600
  • Fossil Fuel Mines = 90,600/160,900

That is an amazing average for Environmental Coordinators at fossil fuel mines. Greater than the mine engineering average for Diamond mines?

I will pick up the difference by region and surface versus underground mines in a later posting. For now, get a copy of the full report to see where you stand and what your contemporaries are earning.