From the CostMine 2011 Survey of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages, and Benefits, here are some average hourly wages. For selected job categories, I provide three numbers. The first is the average on Canadian metal mines; the second on industrial mineral mines; and the third is on fossil fuel mines.
I suppose the coal mines and oil sands mines classify as fossil fuel mines. This would go someway towards explaining the consistently higher wages in all job categories.
- Electrician: $32.98/$31.02/$35.65
- Mechanic: 32.04/31.50/36.07
- Dragline/Shovel Operator: 31.26/37.33/35.30
- Truck Driver: 26.34/27.27/31.06
- Surface Labourer: 24.11/22.76/26.49