A person working as a Welder in Canada typically earns around 31,600 CAD per year. Salaries range from 14,500 CAD (lowest) to 50,200 CAD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Welder salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Welder salaries in Canada range from 14,500 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 50,200 CAD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 34,100 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Welder(s) are earning less than 34,100 CAD while the other half are earning more than 34,100 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Welder(s) are earning less than 21,900 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 21,900 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Welder(s) are earning less than 45,500 CAD while 25% are earning more than 45,500 CAD.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Welder salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Welder with less than two years of experience makes approximately 16,500 CAD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,000 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 32,500 CAD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Welder(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 39,700 CAD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 43,200 CAD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 46,800 CAD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Welder salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Welder is 18,800 CAD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 29,500 CAD per year, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 49,500 CAD per year, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+57%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Welder employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Welder(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
A Welder is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Welder is 55% less than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Boat Builder and Shipwright||57,000 CAD||+81%|
|Building Administrator||50,300 CAD||+59%|
|Building Contracts Manager||177,000 CAD||+460%|
|Building Inspector||46,500 CAD||+47%|
|Building Monitor||37,100 CAD||+18%|
|Building Sales Manager||154,000 CAD||+390%|
|Civil Engineer||111,000 CAD||+250%|
|Civil Technician||55,000 CAD||+74%|
|Construction and Maintenance Manager||89,100 CAD||+180%|
|Construction Assistant||43,700 CAD||+38%|
|Construction Coordinator||65,400 CAD||+110%|
|Construction Estimator||75,500 CAD||+140%|
|Construction Field Engineer||100,000 CAD||+220%|
|Construction General Manager||205,000 CAD||+550%|
|Construction Inventory Officer||38,600 CAD||+22%|
|Construction Operations Manager||189,000 CAD||+500%|
|Construction Project Coordinator||119,000 CAD||+280%|
|Construction Project Engineer||113,000 CAD||+260%|
|Construction Project Manager||204,000 CAD||+550%|
|Construction Project Planner||113,000 CAD||+260%|
|Construction Quality Control Manager||150,000 CAD||+380%|
|Construction Safety Officer||75,500 CAD||+140%|
|Construction Superintendent||69,600 CAD||+120%|
|Construction Supervisor||104,000 CAD||+230%|
|Construction Technical Assistant||40,100 CAD||+27%|
|Construction Technical Officer||47,900 CAD||+52%|
|Construction Technical Writer||45,700 CAD||+45%|
|Construction Technician||41,700 CAD||+32%|
|Crane and Tower Operator||39,100 CAD||+24%|
|Diesel Mechanic||36,700 CAD||+16%|
|Drywall Installer||42,000 CAD||+33%|
|Electrical Draftsman||40,900 CAD||+30%|
|Electrical Engineering Supervisor||126,000 CAD||+300%|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||46,400 CAD||+47%|
|Elevator Installer and Repairer||51,700 CAD||+64%|
|Excavator Operator||37,100 CAD||+18%|
|Floor Finisher||41,100 CAD||+30%|
|Floor Manager||60,600 CAD||+92%|
|Frame and Truss Detailer||37,700 CAD||+19%|
|Furniture Finisher||38,900 CAD||+23%|
|Gas Technician||37,300 CAD||+18%|
|Health and Safety Coordinator||49,800 CAD||+58%|
|Health and Safety Officer||52,400 CAD||+66%|
|Installation Manager||127,000 CAD||+300%|
|Insulation Installer||37,700 CAD||+19%|
|Land Surveyor||50,600 CAD||+60%|
|Lift Technician||38,700 CAD||+23%|
|Material Tester||55,100 CAD||+75%|
|Model Maker||57,000 CAD||+81%|
|Order Picker||34,000 CAD||+8%|
|Pipe Layer||30,900 CAD||-2%|
|Property Coordinator||92,600 CAD||+190%|
|Purchasing Manager||131,000 CAD||+320%|
|Quantity Surveyor||72,600 CAD||+130%|
|Roof Slater and Tiler||35,800 CAD||+13%|
|Sheet Metal Mechanic||37,200 CAD||+18%|
|Site Clerk||36,100 CAD||+14%|
|Site engineer||101,000 CAD||+220%|
|Site Leader||179,000 CAD||+470%|
|Stock Controller||56,400 CAD||+79%|
|Structural Steel Construction Worker||39,700 CAD||+26%|
|Technical Draughtsman||42,300 CAD||+34%|
|Tendering Manager||158,000 CAD||+400%|
|Tower Crane Operator||36,500 CAD||+16%|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||35,900 CAD||+14%|
|Warehouse Manager||131,000 CAD||+320%|
|Welding Superintendent||42,600 CAD||+35%|
|British Columbia||35,100 CAD|
|New Brunswick||30,900 CAD|
|Northwest Territories||33,400 CAD|
|Nova Scotia||31,400 CAD|
|Prince Edward Island||28,600 CAD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.