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 Alberta at $41.23 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Nova Scotia at $23.58 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $75,000.

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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 26.05 41.23 100.00 2019
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 26.05 41.23 100.00 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 23.50 32.00 35.97 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba(3) 18.50 32.00 40.00 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 16.50 26.00 35.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 17.48 23.58 35.82 2018
Northwest – Ontario 23.85 29.00 32.32 2018
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 20.00 27.76 36.00 2018
Kingston / Pembroke – Ontario 24.09 27.65 32.00 2018
Toronto – Ontario 20.00 27.76 36.00 2018
Prince Edward Island(3) 18.50 32.00 40.00 2018
Capitale-Nationale – Quebec 23.35 32.00 40.00 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1) 19.50 29.50 41.00 2018

Methodology*

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
Licensing

A provincial blasting licence is usually required for blasters.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for maintenance and equipment operation trades, which includes drillers and blasters, is $32.66. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,280, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $67,000.

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

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