Driller | Blaster Salary Canada

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Average Driller’s and Blaster’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Drillers and Blasters.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 7372.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: quarry driller, construction blaster, construction driller, open-pit blaster, rotary drilling machine operator and diamond drill operator.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $38.46 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $22.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $45,000 – $70,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will remain sufficient to fill job vacancies in this occupation for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Drillers and Blasters in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta 13.5025.7535.002014
Edmonton – Alberta(1)*38.462015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 18.0029.70 34.722014
Winnipeg – Manitoba(1) 16.74 26.13 40.16 2014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 18.0026.0033.002014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.0022.0030.002014
Toronto – Ontario(1) 18.00 25.00 33.792014
Northwest Region – Ontario 22.0026.57 35.002014
Kingston / Pembroke – Ontario 18.0023.09 28.562014
Northeast Region – Ontario 20.0026.30 32.002014
Prince Edward Island
Côte-Nord Region – Quebec 26.0033.00 38.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1)21.0929.3739.55 2014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Driving and operating drilling machines to bore large blast holes in open-pit mine or quarry
›› Measuring and staking out pattern of holes to be drilled
›› Loading explosives in blast holes

A provincial blasting licence is usually required for blasters.

Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for maintenance and equipment operation trades, which includes drillers and blasters, is $28.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,125, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $58,500.

These occupations may also be of interest:

Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
Material Handlers
Welders and Related Machine Operators

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