The hall of the parliament building in Ottawa
It does make a difference to your wages if you work on a Canadian metal or diamond or fossil fuel mine. Here are some numbers to highlight the differences. I quote from the new CostMine 2014 Survey Results- Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. Here are some average wages by mined commodity in Canadian dollars per hour. The first number is for metal mines; the second for diamond mines; and the third for fossil fuel mines.
- Surface electrician = 38.47/31.43/ 40.50
- Surface mechanic = 37.05/26.45/40.20
- Dragline/Shovel operator = 35.08/46.33/39.33
- Truck driver = 31.32/28.77/34.20
- Underground laborer = 26.11/29.26/25.84
- Surface laborer = 26.59/28.28/29.14
Clearly you earn more on the oil sands and coal mines.
The number that jumps out to me is the wage for dragline/shovel operators on diamond mines–$46.33 per hour. Wonder what the truth is behind this number. Some insight when you examine the ranges for a dragline/shovel operator;
- Metal mines = 27.80 to 41.56
- Diamond mines = 44.61 to 48.04
- Fossil fuel mines = 32.91 to 58.40
Nearly $60 per hour for at least one shovel operator on an oil sands mine in Alberta!! Maybe more than my salary as a blogger/consultant. Sure they deserve it, for I but talk and they work hard in hard circumstances.
And if you are wondering about the difference between those working on union versus non-union mines, it looks like in all categories, in all commodities, that the guy at the non-union mine earns about one to five dollars more per hour than the guy at the union mine. Is this how it is supposed to be?
Let me know–for these are all averages and maybe the individual story is different.