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Average Material Handler’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Material Handlers.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 7452.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: coal handler, furniture mover, stockpiler, warehouseman and truck loader.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $21.58 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $14.28 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $27,000 – $45,000.

Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Material Handlers in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 13.6421.5828.282017
Edmonton – Alberta* 15.8421.0028.552017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 11.3517.00 30.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.90 17.88 26.00 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 11.0014.7521.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.8514.2824.522016
Toronto – Ontario 11.60 15.00 23.042016
Ottawa – Ontario 11.6016.00 25.502016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 11.6018.50 33.952016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 13.5018.25 25.422016
Prince Edward Island 11.2515.00 21.632016
Montreal – Quebec 11.2515.00 22.432016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan11.8517.0028.00 2016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Moving furniture and household appliances on and off trucks or vans
›› Using winches to load and unload products and materials
›› Storing and retrieving products or materials in warehouses
›› Loading and unloading chemicals or liquids from storage tanks using hoses or pipes
Number in employment

There are over 185,000 people employed as material handlers and longshore workers in Canada.

Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers, which includes material handlers, is $21.25. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $780, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $40,500.

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