Jack Caldwell - Geotechnical Engineer - Robertson GeoConsultants

Just published by CostMine (a division of InfoMine) is the report 2014 Survey Results – Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. Here’s a look at average Canadian Mine wages (in Canadian dollars):

Surface mines

  • Electrician = 37.84
  • Mechanic = 37.08
  • Surface drill operator = 38.06
  • Heavy equipment operator = 34.74
  • Laborer = 27.95

Underground Mines

  • Electrician = 38.83
  • Mechanic = 37.3
  • Miner = 33.89
  • Underground drill operator = 34.26
  • Underground laborer = 27.18

The range of wages is large. Consider the range for Mill Operators:

  • Mill equipment operator = 24.57 to 58.46 with an average of 35.60
  • Mill laborer = 19.65 to 42.25 with an average of 29.45

And wages vary across the country. Here are averages for eastern versus western surface mine folk”

  • Electrician = 32.80 vs 40.74
  • Mechanic = 32.42 vs 39.81
  • Dragline operator = 33.27 vs 39.14
  • Laborer = 24.74 vs 29.55

Wages have gone up in the past 12 months. For example, of the 22 eastern mines reporting wages went up 2.9% and of the 27 western mines reporting, wages went up 3.1%.

Good news really.

The report is chock-full of data. The above is a snapshot. I will write about this report and salaries etc. in future blog postings. Meanwhile go to CostMine to purchase a copy for all the data.