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

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 21.1137.3442.822017
Edmonton – Alberta* 23.0932.0090.002017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 16.0028.00 37.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 21.00 28.00 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 12.5021.0038.502016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 15.0021.0035.002016
Toronto – Ontario 13.00 22.00 32.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 15.00 22.00 34.002016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 14.0022.50 36.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 16.2621.44 30.002016
Prince Edward Island 14.4220.00 28.002016
Montreal – Quebec 12.7518.00 27.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan18.0026.7941.00 2016


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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