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Electricians tops in hourly pay

The numbers are in and electricians are making the most money. According to the 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.



Posted by
Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
7 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Electricians in Quebec city $34.00 per hour.

  2. In today’s life its really hard to find an electrician who can fit into your requirements, and also in your budget.
    Choosing the right person is really very necessary as wrong person can even make the situation more critical.

  3. Really late to read your post Steve, but now scratching my head as to why, as a small, non-union EC, we are paying our electrician $30 an hour from a year ago and he wants a raise (and certainly deserves one) because most of the other electricians he knows make more then he does???
    I can’t imagine an Electrician being paid only $29 by their Elec Contractor, especially in the more expensive area’s of Canada.
    I assume, of course, these are non-union amounts? Seems so low.

  4. Where did these numbers come from it must non union rates. Insulators ake 38.84 per hr plus benifits of 12.93 per hr compay paid a total of $51.77 per hr.

  5. Those of you who buy into this misinformation about unions need to study past history. Before unions individuals had no clout when seeking adequate compensation for work done. If the writer thinks that lower wages here, in Canada, will solve the issue, he fails to realise that Canadians will barely be able to afford the essentials such as food, rent, utilities etc. What happens to our economy then? I suggest that any of the readers still in doubt, investigate all aspects of this question completely and in depth before buying in to this fallacy.
    Larry Rendall

  6. In today’s life it’s really hard to search out an electrician who can fit into your necessities, and additionally in your budget. Choosing the proper person is actually very necessary as wrong person will even create matters additional essential.

  7. Calgary commercial electrician rates as of today are
    Union $43/hr
    Non union $38/hr

    Base rate

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