Canada has a high demand for electrician services, and you can make a significant income if you specialize in an area such as utility services or oil & gas, especially in highly industrialized regions such as Alberta. The national median wage for electricians in Canada is slightly over $60,000 per year, and the top-earning ones make more than $100,000 per year.
(Note: All amounts in this article are in Canadian Dollars.)
By far, Alberta offers the highest wages for electricians in Canada. Typical electrician wages range from $33 to $38 per hour, and some specialized positions offer above $50/hour. The top-paying jobs are typically found in sectors such as energy and manufacturing, especially in areas such as automation and maintenance. Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray are notable for their demand for electrician services, as well as the high wages available.
Other regions with attractive salaries for electricians are Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, where many cities offer average wages above $30/hour. In particular, the following cities have the highest demand for electrician services in these regions:
The income of industrial electricians in Canada is 20% higher than the national average for the profession, making it the most lucrative specialization area. In addition, PLC programming skills are considered the most valuable skill an electrician can possess in the Canadian job market.
It is also important to note that experience has a drastic effect on electrician wages, which start at around $20/hour for newly graduated electricians but climb above $30/hour during the first decade of professional experience.
The profile of a top-earning electrician in Canada is that of an industrial electrician with more than 10 years of professional experience, and with PLC programming and automation skills.