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There are 10 occupations at Canadian mines that pay six-figures or more according to a recently compiled survey by Mining Intelligence conducted this year.

The top paid position is general manager that averages $212,790. The least paid is administrative assistant at $59,263.

In the chart below note that the range of pay varies as the salary level increases. Mean salary is to the right of the occupation title.

Looking at last year’s survey results, Canadian geologists and mining engineers received a 1% to 4% salary increase, while similar positions in the US reported an average increase of 3.3%.

When comparing the salaries at US and Canadian mines, it appeared that Canadian metal mines were paying their employees as much as 13% more. However, with the current exchange rate factored in, the tables turn and the impact is with US employees earning 16% more than their Canadian counterparts.

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