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

  • Avg. Salary $62,683.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.12
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 31,200
  • In Demand High
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 31, 2018

Auctioneers sell a wide range of items. This may include livestock, industrial machinery, cars, trucks, antiques, real estate, art, and furniture. In general, they:

  • Appraise and market items before a sale
  • Arrange and display goods in groups according to similarity and value
  • List, describe, and photograph items for online auctions
  • Advertise auctions  
  • Sell items by describing goods and asking for bids
  • Encourage higher bids by keeping possible buyers interested
  • Aim to sell goods at fair market value
  • Sell to the highest bidders
  • Wrap up sales by recording the names and addresses of buyers and their bids
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Auctioneers work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Those who focus on agriculture (such as selling livestock) spend much of their time in auction marts or farmyards. A certain amount of travel is needed. When sales are running, long hours may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Auctioneers need:

  • A strong, clear voice
  • Fluent speech and bid calling skill
  • A patient but firm manner
  • Business, appraisal, and marketing skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Listening and social skills
  • The stamina to prepare for auctions and keep up a brisk pace

They should enjoy:

  • Working with people
  • Compiling information
  • Supervising others
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Auctioneers must be familiar with the usefulness and current market value of the goods they sell. It is possible to learn these things by working as an auction employee. But training positions can be hard to obtain.

Training or experience in business administration is a definite asset in setting up and running a successful auction business.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Auctioneers may work at auction marts and auction rooms. They may also be self-employed. Many auction businesses are family-owned. Openings for new employees may be limited.

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

For auctioneers, success depends on the reputations they build.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 31, 2018

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 31, 2018

Auctioneers’ Association of Alberta website:

Service Alberta website’s auctions tipsheet:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Dec 31, 2018. 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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