Training & Education
OACETT 2014 salary survey shows designations equal more cash
By Anthony Capkun
November 6, 2014 – A college education in engineering and applied science technology opens the door to an average salary of more than $75,000 annually for a typical engineering technology professional in Ontario. What’s more, certification leads to a quantifiable and substantial increase in total annual compensation.
According to a recent salary survey of its membership, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists concludes OACETT certification can produce a “significant annual increase over base salary for engineering technology professionals”.
Based on responses gathered from more than 3400 members across a variety of industries and disciplines, OACETT’s 2014 Salary Survey shows graduating with a technician or technologist diploma leads to a mean base salary of $75,436.
And certification correlates strongly with higher levels of compensation. Compared to associate members, certified technologists and technicians earn more on average in annual base salary. The average base salary for associate members who responded to the survey is $57,869, compared to $75,960 for Certified Technicians and $80,919 for Certified Engineering Technologists.
“These findings demonstrate that an investment in certification continues to pay dividends for our members,” said David Thomson, CEO of OACETT. “The salary increases they enjoy are a true representation of what certification means in the workplace and how it is valued by employers.”
OACETT promotes the interests of engineering and applied science technicians and technologists in industry, educational institutions, the public and government. Members hold one of the following designations: C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist), C.Tech. (Certified Technician) or A.Sc.T. (Applied Science Technologist).