Average Starting Salaries for Entry Level Skilled Trades Jobs

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A career in a skilled trade offers more than brain work and some light tapping on a keyboard. It requires both a mental and physical investment in a task or a project, and there’s always the unmistakable pride of working at your craft and knowing first hand that you’re doing it well.

The skilled trades are among the best paid careers for young Canadians and they are poised to become even more lucrative due to the rising demand for skilled labour. According to Statistics Canada, employees in the trades earn an average hourly wage that is 6% higher than other occupations: $22.36 compared with $21.02.

The highest earners were electricians ($25.26), crane operators ($24.61) and plumbers ($24.10), and these occupations also had the highest unionization rates and high job permanency rates. In contrast, trades with lower averages – other construction trades ($19.24) and carpenters ($20.43) – had substantially lower unionization rates (32% and 39% respectively).

Within a few years of becoming a journeyperson, some tradespeople can expect to double their starting wage or salary and, with overtime pay, some even earn 6-figure salaries.

Take a peek at a few examples of starting salaries and hourly wages for some skilled trade positions, some of which you can apply to right here on TalentEgg.ca!
 

Instrument Technician Apprentice Electrician
Vancouver: $47,723 Vancouver: $14.13/hr
Edmonton: $48,625 Edmonton: $15/hr
Toronto: $49,123 Toronto: $12.36/hr
Montreal: $45,355 Montreal: $12.43/hr

 

Heavy Equipment Operator Welder
Vancouver: $36,286 Vancouver: $38,538
Edmonton: $38,098 Edmonton: $39,827
Toronto: $36,600 Toronto: $38,865
Montreal: $34,647 Montreal: $36,827

 

Millwright CAD Drafter
Vancouver: $18.42/hr Vancouver: $34,936
Edmonton: $20.08/hr Edmonton: $36,920
Toronto: $16.29/hr Toronto: $34,179
Montreal: $15.12/hr Montreal: $33,157

 

Heavy Duty Mechanic Machinist
Alberta: $21.90/hr Alberta: $17.72/hr
British Columbia: $20.25/hr British Columbia: $16.51/hr
Ontario: $19.54/hr Ontario: $15.91/hr
Saskatchewan: $19.39/hr Quebec: $14.91/hr

 

Visit TalentEgg’s Skilled Trades Career Guide for eggs-clusive student and entry level Skilled Trades jobs plus articles and videos to help you hatch your career.

 

Photo credit: Electrician competitor… by Tom Fowler on Flickr
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