The following wage, salary and skill shortage information is based on 2013 Alberta Wage and Salary data
Occupation Title (NOC): Welders and Related Machine Operators
Occupation Title (OCCinfo):
NOC Code: 7265

Hourly Wage Detail:
(For full-time and part-time employees)

Wages* Low
(5th percentile)
(95th percentile)
Average Median Data Reliability
Starting $16.00 $54.31 $28.49 $28.00  
Overall $22.00 $54.31 $33.79 $32.51 A
Top $26.00 $54.31 $38.84 $39.00  

*All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation. For more information, please review the Survey Methodology Report .

Data Reliability Codes:

A.High reliability represents a Coefficient of Variation (CV) of less than or equal to 6.00%
B.Good reliability represents a Coefficient of Variation (CV) of between 6.01% and 15.00%
C.Lower reliability represents a Coefficient of Variation (CV) of between 15.01% and 33.00%
D.Lowest reliability represents a Coefficient of Variation (CV) of more than 33.00%

Caution must be used when referencing results with Data Reliability Code "D" due to the greater variability of the data.

Overall Results Table:

Average Hours Worked (per week) 42.2
Overall Average Wage (per hour), ALBERTA $33.79
Overall Average Salary (annual)*, ALBERTA $74,839

*Rounded to the nearest dollar

Skills Shortage Information:

Employers were asked if they recruited to this occupation over the past two years and had experienced hiring difficulties or currently have vacancies of over four months for the occupation. It is important to note that the information below is a snapshot in time and represents the opinions of the organizations that responded to the survey.

Welders and Related Machine Operators
% of Employers that Recruited in the Last Two Years 67%
% of Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties 61%
% of Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over Four Months 13%
2013 Vacancy Rate 6%

The estimated Vacancy Rate is calculated using the following formula: Number of positions vacant for over four months (at the time of the survey) divided by the sum of the number of vacant positions + the number of employees at employers that responded to the vacancy question. For example, if 10 vacancies were reported on a total of 90 employees in an occupation, the vacancy rate would be 10%.

Industry Information:

The following is a list of industries within the specific occupation. You can view the wage information, which is broken down by industry in ALBERTA, by clicking on the Industry link.

Industry (click on the links to view wage detail) Average Salary
Oil & Gas Extraction $100,099
Construction $91,393
Mining $83,442
Public Administration $76,059
Wholesale Trade $69,221
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related) $67,660
Manufacturing $66,906
Transportation and Warehousing $61,625


In some instances, anomalies have occurred as a result of the occurrence of outliers or employers not responding to all the survey questions. In most cases, the inconsistency is fairly small and within the margin of error for the survey. For some occupations, outliers have been suppressed and the averages have been recalculated. For some wage levels for other occupations the information has been entirely suppressed. N/A is listed in instances where no information is available.

These wage estimates include employees in companies which were believed to have 8 or more employees, from the public and private sector and include full and part-time employees. Average wages were weighted by the number of employees and post-stratification employer weighting.

A glossary of terms and definitions may be found in the Survey Methodology Report.

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