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Glaziers cut and install glass and aluminum systems for commercial, residential and automotive applications.

  • Avg. Salary $65,316.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.28
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Glazier is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
NOC code: 7292

Interest in compiling information to install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass in furniture and other products


Interest in precision working to measure, mark and cut glass using manual and computerized glass cutters and to replace glass in furniture and other products; and to install, fit, fabricate and attach architectural metals and related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings


Interest in speaking with customers when preparing estimates; in preparing and installing skylights, showcases and aquariums and stained and other special glass in churches, museums, sports and other establishments; and in tinting glass and creating patterns on glass by etching, sandblasting and painting designs

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Aug 19, 2016

In general, glaziers:

  • read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine the materials required, location of framing and procedures for installation
  • measure openings for size and shape, mark and cut glass panes to fit, secure panes in place, weatherproof joints, and assemble and install aluminum window parts
  • install, fit, fabricate and attach architectural metals or related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings
  • assemble parts of pre-fabricated glass units such as revolving doors, display cases, plate glass, shower doors, store fronts, automatic doors, skylights, sloped glazing, curtain walls, barrel vaults, solariums and other support structures
  • install and maintain pre-fabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings, fronts of buildings, handrails and walkways
  • replace safety glass, windows, windshields, and glass in furniture and other products.


Working Conditions
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Glaziers work in a variety of environments. Some work outdoors at construction sites, sometimes on scaffolds and swing stages (platforms suspended on highrise buildings). Others work in factories installing glass in wooden or metal frames or in shops replacing glass in vehicles or furniture.

Glaziers generally work 40 hours a week but may have to work overtime to meet deadlines. They may be required to lift and move glass materials that weigh over 20 kg. There is some risk of injury when working with sharp edges and broken glass.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Glaziers need the following characteristics:

  • the skills to read, write and communicate verbally
  • some mathematical ability
  • the physical strength and stamina required to work with heavy glass materials
  • the ability to work in high places
  • good eyesight to measure, cut and see flaws in glass
  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to work alone or with a team.

They should enjoy variety, special skills and seeing the results of their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Aug 19, 2016

To work in Alberta, a glazier must be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized trade certificate  
  • someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • self-employed.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2 and Math 10-3, or equivalent, or a pass mark in all 5 GED tests, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Computer skills are an asset. 

The term of apprenticeship is 4 years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,620 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training each year.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Glazier apprentices may take an interprovincial exam in their fourth period of apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary and in Edmonton.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Aug 19, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Glaziers are employed by:

  • construction companies
  • architects
  • interior design firms
  • glazier shops.

Steady demand for repair work somewhat offsets economic slowdowns in the construction industry. However, conditions in the construction industry do affect employment prospects and employment may be seasonal.

Experienced glaziers may advance to supervisory positions,such as foreman or contract manager, or set up their own shops. Alberta certified journeyperson glaziers who have the the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

In Alberta, 78% of people employed as glaziers work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates for glaziers vary but generally range from $25 to $35 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates). Apprentices earn at least 55% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 60% in the second, 65% in the third and 70% in the fourth.


NOC code: 7292

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Survey Analysis

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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.35 $29.00 $25.20 $28.00
Overall $24.11 $34.00 $31.28 $33.50
Top $32.79 $40.50 $37.73 $39.00

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* 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.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information

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2015 Vacancy Rate

Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:



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Updated Mar 30, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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