Welder Salary Canada

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Average Welder’s and Related Machine Operator’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Welders and Related Machine Operators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 7237.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: welder, brazer, electric arc welder, solderer, gas welder and machine welder.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $37.34 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $18.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $40,000 – $70,000.

The government forecasts that there will continue to be a surplus of workers in this occupation for the near future. The construction industry is expected to slow down, affecting employment in this profession.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Welders and Related Machine Operators in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta* 21.11 37.34 42.82 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 23.09 32.00 90.00 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 16.00 28.00 37.00 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 21.00 28.00 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 12.50 21.00 38.50 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 15.00 21.00 35.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario 13.00 22.00 32.00 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 15.00 22.00 34.00 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 14.00 22.50 36.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 16.26 21.44 30.00 2016
Prince Edward Island 14.42 20.00 28.00 2016
Montreal – Quebec 12.75 18.00 27.00 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 18.00 26.79 41.00 2016

Methodology

Examples of duties include the following:
›› Operating flame cutting equipment, brazing and soldering equipment
›› Using metal shaping machines to shape and bend metal
›› Replacing worn out metal parts by welding on new metal
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for industrial, electrical and construction trades, which includes welders and related machine operators, is $29.74. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,176, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $61,000.

Number in employment

There are over 90,000 welders and related machine operators working in Canada.

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