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Excavator Operator Average Salary in Canada 2023

How much money does an Excavator Operator make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
37,100 CAD
( 3,090 CAD monthly)


A person working as an Excavator Operator in Canada typically earns around 37,100 CAD per year. Salaries range from 18,500 CAD (lowest) to 57,500 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Excavator Operator salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Excavator Operator Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Excavator Operator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Excavator Operator salaries in Canada range from 18,500 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 57,500 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 37,100 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Excavator Operator(s) are earning less than 37,100 CAD while the other half are earning more than 37,100 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Excavator Operator(s) are earning less than 25,000 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 25,000 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Excavator Operator(s) are earning less than 47,300 CAD while 25% are earning more than 47,300 CAD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Excavator Operator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Excavator Operator
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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 Excavator Operator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Excavator Operator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 22,200 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 29,400 CAD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 39,400 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Excavator Operator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 47,000 CAD per year, 19% 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 50,700 CAD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 54,400 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Excavator Operator average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
22,200 CAD
2 - 5 Years+32%
29,400 CAD
5 - 10 Years+34%
39,400 CAD
10 - 15 Years+19%
47,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+8%
50,700 CAD
20+ Years+7%
54,400 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Excavator Operator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Excavator Operator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Excavator Operator
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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 Excavator Operator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Excavator Operator is 29,400 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 41,100 CAD per year, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 51,200 CAD per year, 25% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Excavator Operator average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
29,400 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+40%
41,100 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+25%
51,200 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Excavator Operator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Excavator Operator
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Excavator Operator employees in Canada earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

37,800 CAD
36,300 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Excavator Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Excavator Operator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Excavator Operator(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.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2022. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Excavator Operator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Excavator Operator
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An Excavator Operator 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.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Excavator Operator Average Hourly Wage in Canada

18 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 18 CAD. This means that the average Excavator Operator in Canada earns approximately 18 CAD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

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.

Excavator Operator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Excavator Operator and Construction / Building / Installation yearly Canada
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The average salary for Excavator Operator is 47% less than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator47,000 CAD+27%
Assembler37,900 CAD+2%
Boat Builder and Shipwright57,000 CAD+54%
Bricklayer33,800 CAD-9%
Building Administrator50,300 CAD+36%
Building Contracts Manager177,000 CAD+380%
Building Inspector46,500 CAD+25%
Building Monitor37,100 CAD+0%
Building Sales Manager154,000 CAD+320%
Cabinetmaker41,300 CAD+11%
Carpenter43,100 CAD+16%
Civil Engineer111,000 CAD+200%
Civil Technician55,000 CAD+48%
Concreter36,300 CAD-2%
Construction and Maintenance Manager89,100 CAD+140%
Construction Assistant43,700 CAD+18%
Construction Coordinator65,400 CAD+76%
Construction Estimator75,500 CAD+100%
Construction Field Engineer100,000 CAD+170%
Construction General Manager205,000 CAD+450%
Construction Inventory Officer38,600 CAD+4%
Construction Operations Manager189,000 CAD+410%
Construction Project Coordinator119,000 CAD+220%
Construction Project Engineer113,000 CAD+200%
Construction Project Manager204,000 CAD+450%
Construction Project Planner113,000 CAD+200%
Construction Quality Control Manager150,000 CAD+300%
Construction Safety Officer75,500 CAD+100%
Construction Superintendent69,600 CAD+88%
Construction Supervisor104,000 CAD+180%
Construction Technical Assistant40,100 CAD+8%
Construction Technical Officer47,900 CAD+29%
Construction Technical Writer45,700 CAD+23%
Construction Technician41,700 CAD+12%
Crane and Tower Operator39,100 CAD+5%
Diesel Mechanic36,700 CAD-1%
Drywall Installer42,000 CAD+13%
Electrical Draftsman40,900 CAD+10%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor126,000 CAD+240%
Electrical Engineering Technician46,400 CAD+25%
Electrician60,700 CAD+64%
Elevator Installer and Repairer51,700 CAD+39%
Engineer111,000 CAD+200%
Excavator Operator37,100 CAD+0%
Floor Finisher41,100 CAD+11%
Floor Manager60,600 CAD+63%
Foreman32,100 CAD-13%
Frame and Truss Detailer37,700 CAD+2%
Furniture Finisher38,900 CAD+5%
Gas Technician 37,300 CAD+1%
Handyman34,700 CAD-6%
Health and Safety Coordinator49,800 CAD+34%
Health and Safety Officer52,400 CAD+41%
Installation Manager127,000 CAD+240%
Installer35,800 CAD-3%
Insulation Installer37,700 CAD+2%
Labourer30,700 CAD-17%
Land Surveyor50,600 CAD+36%
Lift Technician38,700 CAD+4%
Material Tester55,100 CAD+49%
Model Maker57,000 CAD+54%
Order Picker34,000 CAD-8%
Painter38,400 CAD+4%
Pipe Layer30,900 CAD-17%
Pipefitter32,100 CAD-13%
Plumber39,600 CAD+7%
Property Coordinator92,600 CAD+150%
Purchasing Manager131,000 CAD+250%
Quantity Surveyor72,600 CAD+96%
Roof Slater and Tiler35,800 CAD-3%
Sheet Metal Mechanic37,200 CAD+0%
Site Clerk36,100 CAD-3%
Site engineer101,000 CAD+170%
Site Leader179,000 CAD+380%
Stock Controller56,400 CAD+52%
Structural Steel Construction Worker39,700 CAD+7%
Technical Draughtsman42,300 CAD+14%
Tendering Manager158,000 CAD+330%
Tower Crane Operator36,500 CAD-2%
Wall and Floor Tiler35,900 CAD-3%
Warehouse Manager131,000 CAD+250%
Welder31,600 CAD-15%
Welding Superintendent42,600 CAD+15%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton40,300 CAD
Calgary42,800 CAD
Edmonton39,000 CAD
Gatineau36,600 CAD
Halifax38,900 CAD
Hamilton40,100 CAD
Kitchener38,800 CAD
Markham36,600 CAD
Mississauga40,700 CAD
Montreal40,900 CAD
Ottawa40,400 CAD
Quebec38,900 CAD
Regina36,800 CAD
Richmond36,300 CAD
Saskatoon36,700 CAD
Surrey38,700 CAD
Toronto41,600 CAD
Vancouver41,500 CAD
Vaughan36,400 CAD
Windsor36,600 CAD
Winnipeg40,600 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta41,500 CAD
British Columbia41,600 CAD
Manitoba38,700 CAD
New Brunswick37,800 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador34,000 CAD
Northwest Territories38,300 CAD
Nova Scotia36,600 CAD
Nunavut41,100 CAD
Ontario44,900 CAD
Prince Edward Island35,200 CAD
Quebec41,200 CAD
Saskatchewan36,600 CAD
Yukon34,200 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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