Draftsperson / Draftsman Salary Canada

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Average Drafting Technologists and Technician’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Drafting Technologists and Technicians.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 2253.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: drafting technician, draftsperson, draftsman, computer-assisted design and drafting technologist and engineering design and drafting technologist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $32.11 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $22.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this profession is in the region of $45,000 – $60,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation for the near future. The majority of job vacancies will come from retirements.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Drafting Technologists and Technicians in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 20.5130.4163.882015
Edmonton – Alberta* 20.5132.1146.992015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 16.0022.5038.462014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 16.8323.56 32.42 2014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 16.6626.0833.102011
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.0027.8848.082014
Toronto – Ontario 18.00 25.00 38.462014
Ottawa – Ontario 15.7325.00 38.462014
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 15.7325.00 38.462014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 15.7325.00 38.462014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 15.6622.00 37.302014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan20.0027.6940.87 2014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Developing and preparing engineering designs and drawings
›› Writing technical reports
›› Operating CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) systems
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences, which includes drafting technologists and technicians, is $28.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,080, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $56,000.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

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