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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.


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Just published by CostMine is the 2014 Survey Results – Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  I will survey some of the data in this and future postings.  First a look at average Canadian Mine wages (In Canadian dollars): (more…)

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I have just received an advanced copy of CostMine’s U.S. Metal & Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages & Benefits — 2013 Survey Results.  You will be able to purchase the complete copy very soon from CostMine. In this and a few following postings, I will note salaries, wages, and compensation for U.S. mining people in 2012 and 2013.  Let us start with wages.  Here are the national average hourly wages, in US Dollars for 118 U.S. mines for some job categories: (more…)

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In previous postings I ve written about salaries and executive compensation as gleaned from the CostMine 2013 Survey Results Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  Here are some wages at Canadian mines as reported in the 2013 Survey.  (more…)

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More on the deplorable wages for mine workers in Africa.  Here below is a repeat of a full report on the killing of Chinese mine supervisors in Zambia.  Let us face it, Chinese colonialism is taking over and resuscitating European African colonialism.  Why are those African incapable of resisting the lure of exploiters and over-lords?  (more…)

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Julius Malema is demanding a base salary of R12,500 per month for South African miners.  Give or take that is about $1,500 per month or $18,000 a year.  (more…)

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CostMine’s newly published 2012 Survey Results of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits is now available.  It is expensive; most individuals probably cannot afford it;  you will have to get your union or human resources staff to order it if you want to see all the data.   Thanks to the folk at Cost Mine, I can give some numbers that interest me and that may interest you.  (more…)

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Here from the CostMine report 2011 Survey Results, U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits ae some wages earned by U.S. coal miners. First wages at surface coal mines.  In US$ per hour, here are minimum, average, and maximum wages for the 28 reporting mines: (more…)

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On this blog, I often write about jobs and careers in mining.  I often write about the wages, salaries, and compensation for those who work in mining.   To make it easier for you to access the past postings of this blog on the topics of mining jobs & careers, and on mining wages, salaries and compensation, we have collated all the past posting in two places.  This is where they are—click on the links to get them:

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A wage is an hourly rate.  A salary is an annual amount.  Here is information about wages, in dollars per hour, for folk who work at what we think of as quarries & gravel pits.  (more…)

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