Wages and benefits vary according to the industry and specific employer, and skill level and experience of the applicant. There is no standard “northern allowance” although employers may offer incentives to attract and keep workers. This is usually seen for employees at higher levels, since those positions take specific experience and training and there may be less job seekers with those skills to choose from.
In order to determine the average of what a position pays in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, visit websites with postings, such as Fort McMurray Today or the Canadian Government Job Bank, compare similar postings for wages, and talk to others in the industry about pay and benefits. Knowing what you're worth with the amount of experience and training you have, can go a long way when you're negotiating with an employer. Also, determine how much money you need to make in order to cover your bills. The wages may be higher here, but the cost of living is also higher and you need to take this into consideration when determining what is a good wage. Labour Market News.
As of September 1, 2011, minimum wage in Alberta is $9.40 per hour. Most employers pay above this rate in Fort McMurray. For more information about minimum wage and other employment standards visit the Alberta Employment and Immigration website. Or call province wide toll free, (877) 427-3731, from a cell phone call #310 on Telus and Bell or *310 on Rogers. In Edmonton and surrounding areas, call (780) 427-3731.
2009 Wage Survey
WAGEinfo – the 2009 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, select Wood Buffalo/Cold Lake Alberta
Employment and Immigration website.
Construction Labour Relations Association wage summaries
CAODC’s recommended labour rates for rig workers
Also visit association and union websites. Average pay rates are usually published periodically for member information.
Northern Resident Deduction
Fort McMurray residents qualify for the Zone B Northern Resident Deduction.