The numbers are in and electricians are making the most money. According to the www.livingin-canada.com website, the average January 2012 weekly earnings for electricians in the construction sector rose 3.2 per cent over 2011 to $29.88, assuming a 36-hour work week.
To no one’s surprise, Alberta construction pay cheques continue to top the charts, with the average wage at $29.85 per hour. The lowest average hourly rate was in Fredericton, NB, at $20.58.
In the Golden Horseshoe around Toronto, the average was $25.41, rising to $26.19 in Toronto itself. Montreal was lowest for major cities at $23.00 per hour and Vancouver was at $23.21.
Somewhat lower on the pay scale than electricians, carpenters and plumbers in the Toronto area make approximately $25 per hour, while in Calgary they make $30 hourly. Painters make $20 per hour in Toronto and $29 in Calgary.