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Siding Installer

Siding installers complete the exterior assembly of buildings. They install building envelope materials (physical separator between the inside and outside of buildings), outside cladding materials (such as flashings for waterproofing), and trims.

Also Known As

Commercial Siding Installer, Industrial Siding Installer, Insulator, Residential Siding Installer, Sider, Siding Applicator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (7441) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers (H531) 
  • 2011 NOC: Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
  • 2016 NOC: Residential and commercial installers and servicers (7441) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers
2006 NOC : 7441

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in operating equipment and tools to install and service interior and exterior prefabricated products


Interest in comparing information to measure and mark guidelines for installations


Interest in repairing and servicing interior and exterior prefabricated products

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers apply many types of materials to building and structure exteriors. These may include water-resistive barriers, vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, concrete panels, ornamental brick and stone, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cellular siding.

Siding installers generally read and interpret blueprints and building drawings. They also:

  • Measure, cut, trim, and prepare materials for assembly
  • Operate equipment (such as man lifts and swing stages) and erect scaffolding and pole jack systems
  • Fasten, attach, and apply materials to the surface of buildings
  • Use hand, air, and power tools, such as knives, hand or power sheers and snips, laser cutting equipment, and light metal-working equipment
  • Inspect the finished product to ensure specified standards and quality
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • Comply with safety standards and procedures
  • Ensure exterior cladding and building envelope adheres at minimum to building codes and regulations

Siding installers may work from verbal instructions or blueprints or may design projects themselves.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Siding installers work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites. On other projects, they measure and cut siding on site. A 40-hour workweek is standard. Overtime is common to meet construction deadlines. Siding installation involves bending, reaching, and working at heights or in cramped spaces. Siding installers often lift and move items of up to 45 kilograms.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers need:

  • Patience, dependability, and accuracy
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Spatial and form perception
  • Hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • The ability to visualize a finished product from a drawing
  • Problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to manage time and priorities
  • The ability to use materials efficiently
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work in a team environment

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

NOC code: 7441

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 15, 2022 and Jun 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Measure and mark guidelines to be used for installations
Utilize hand and power tools
Determine layout and installation procedures
Install, repair and service interior or exterior prefabricated products
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Load and unload trucks with supplies and equipment
Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
Personal Suitability: Dependability
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Organized
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Varies

Employers prefer to hire people with previous siding experience and a proven ability to learn and follow company safety policies. They look for applicants who have:

  • The ability to work at heights
  • English-language skills
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s licence
  • Valid safety certifications, such as Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), Fall Protection, First Aid, and WHMIS
  • VSI certification, offered through the Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (VSI), for installers working with vinyl

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most siding installers work for:

  • Exterior finishing companies working on new construction and renovation projects
  • Residential, commercial, and industrial construction companies
  • Fabrication workshops

Many siding installers continue this work until retirement. Advancement potential may include self-employment or positions such as estimator, inspector, or foreman.

Siding installers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 117 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Expected growth for this occupation is below average. However, employment prospects can vary widely depending on economic conditions. Also, ongoing recruitment is needed to deal with employee turnover. This is especially true as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Siding installers may be paid a regular wage but are often paid by project.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

2016 NOC : 7441
Average Wage
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Average Salary
Per Year
Average Hours
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Average Months on Payroll
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7441 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $31.38 $19.91 $19.00
Overall $18.94 $38.46 $25.49 $25.00
Top $24.00 $38.00 $30.05 $30.00

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Construction Association website:

Alberta Construction Safety Association website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Siding Contractors Association Alberta website:

Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (VSI) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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