Employment in Calgary


Calgary’s economy is becoming increasingly diversified and the city’s workforce is spread across a wide range of industries. You couldn’t always have said that.

While the energy sector is the leading individual driver of Calgary’s economy, an increasingly broad and balanced range of sectors and jobs are adding to the city’s prosperity. The professional services, technical, manufacturing, transportation, financial and construction sectors that took root here to support and service the oil and gas companies have all become their own viable industries. For more information view Alberta Labour Market Information.

As many current Calgarians can attest, it’s an exciting time to be working here.

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Key Industries


While undoubtedly the energy capital of Canada, Calgary is also a city with a diverse roster of well-established and flourishing industries. 

The city has the highest concentration of head offices in the country and a successful reputation bolstered by a legion of skilled workers. 


Learn about Calgary’s key industries by following the relevant links below:

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Salaries & Wages


When comparing salaries and wages per employee in Canada’s six largest cities, Calgarians had:

  • Consistently, the highest average wages and salaries across Canada - $70,537
  • Consistently, the highest personal income per capita across Canada - $63,517
  • The highest 5-year average total growth rate in wages and salaries (16 per cent) between 2010 and 2014
  • The second highest 10-year average total growth rate in wages and salaries (36.9 per cent) between 2005 and 2014
  • The highest number of millionaires per capita across Canada

Average hourly pay rates are also generally higher in Calgary than in the rest of Canada.

(Conference Board of Canada, 2015)

Salary & Wage Tools

To see how much you might get paid in Calgary in your line of work, please use these salary and wage tools: Salary Expert, Monster Salary Calculator, WAGEinfo – Alberta Learning Information Service and minimum wage fact sheet.

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What certification and registration requirements do you need to have before you can work in Calgary?

Each province and territory in Canada has different legislation and regulation depending on your industry and occupation.

For details on what you would need to work in Calgary in your field, please visit the Alberta Learning and Information Service’s CERTinfo website.

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