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Auctioneers arrange auction sales, evaluate goods and property, conduct bidding and sell items to the highest bidders.

  • Avg. Salary $62,683.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.12
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 26,300
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As


NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical) (6411) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Sales Representatives Wholesale Trade (NonTechnical) (G111) 
  • 2011 NOC: Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical) (6411) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Auctioneer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)

Interest in persuading to promote sales to existing clients; in providing clients with presentations on the benefits and uses of goods and services; and in representing companies that export and import products or services to and from foreign countries


Interest in compiling information to identify and solicit potential clients


Interest in overseeing the preparation of sales and other contracts; may supervise the activities of other sales representatives

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers sell livestock, industrial machinery, cars, trucks, antiques, real estate, art, furniture and merchandise of all kinds. In general, they:

  • evaluate goods before a sale
  • arrange and display goods in lots according to similarity and appraised value
  • prepare descriptive lists of goods
  • advertise the date, time and location of auctions
  • conduct sales by describing goods and requesting bids
  • maintain the interest of prospective buyers to encourage higher bids
  • endeavour to sell goods at fair market value
  • sell to the highest bidders
  • appraise and market items
  • list and photograph items for online auctions
  • conclude sales by recording the names and addresses of purchasers and their bids
  • disburse monies ethically.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Those in the agricultural field spend much of their time in auction marts or farm yards. A certain amount of travel is required and hours may be long when sales are running.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers need the following characteristics:

  • a strong, clear voice
  • fluency in their use of words
  • a patient but firm manner
  • good business sense
  • problem solving ability
  • good listening and social interaction skills
  • good health and physical stamina to prepare for auctions and keep up a brisk pace during auctions.

They should enjoy working with people, compiling information and supervising the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers must have a working knowledge of the usefulness and current market values of the types of merchandise they sell. It is possible to learn by working as an auction employee but training positions often are hard to obtain.

Setting up and maintaining a successful auction business requires business, appraisal and marketing skills as well as skill in bid calling. Training or experience in business administration is a definite asset.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers may be employed by auction marts and auction rooms, or be self-employed. Many auction businesses are family-owned operations and openings for new employees are limited.

In Alberta, auction sales businesses must be licensed and bonded. A trust account and $25,000 bond are required.

Success depends on the reputations auctioneers build in their communities.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers may be paid a regular wage or work on a commission basis. Their earnings vary tremendously depending on the type of auction, the current economic situation and the reputation of the auctioneer. Those setting up their own businesses may work in other occupations to provide an additional source of income until they have established a good reputation in the auction sales industry.

Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical)

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.00 $38.46 $22.96 $21.63
Overall $16.83 $55.29 $31.12 $28.00
Top $18.75 $88.33 $44.50 $38.01

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Wholesale Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Information, Culture, Recreation
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Public Administration
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Accommodation & Food Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Auctioneers Association of Alberta website:

Service Alberta website's Auctions Tipsheet:

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Updated Mar 17, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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