How much do electricians make?

Like most tradespeople in Canada, electricians are steadily in demand and well compensated. What they get paid depends on how much experience they have, where they work, and who they work for.

General wages

Electricians are paid differently depending on which sector they work in. According to the 2009 Labour Force Survey, the median hourly wage—meaning half of the people in this occupation earned less than this amount and half earned more—in rural, domestic, and construction was $25.00; industrial sector, $30.00; and power systems, $32.00.

Average wages differed similarly, at $25.20, $29.60, and $31.80 respectively. The average electrician makes between approximately $52,000 to $70,000.

Things to consider:

  • Apprentice electricians make a percentage of their employer’s standard wage until they complete 9,000 hours of work and become journeyperson-level electricians. In Ontario, you’ll only earn 40% during the first period of training. The good news is that your pay increases by 10% as you gain more experience. So while it’s a bonus to get paid while you learn, you won’t make very much during those first few years.
  • As is the case with many professions, electricians tend to make more in urban areas than rural ones.
  • Pay varies depending on geographical location. Currently, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta at $29.85, and the lowest are earned in Fredericton, New Brunswick at $20.58.
  • Electricians who are members of trade unions tend to earn better wages than those who do not.
Published on April 18, 2012
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