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Siding Installer

Siding installers complete the exterior assembly of buildings by installing building envelope (physical separator between the inside and outside of buildings), outside cladding materials (for example, flashings for waterproofing) and trims.

  • Avg. Salary $51,335.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.49
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 8,100
  • In Demand High
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) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Siding Installer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

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

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.

Learn More

Updated Dec 16, 2016

Siding installers apply many types of materials to building and structure exteriors, including weather resistance barriers, vinyl-siding, fiber cement siding, concrete-panel, ornamental brick and stone, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cellular siding.

Siding installers generally:

  • read and interpret blueprints and building drawings
  • measure, cut, trim and prepare materials for assembly
  • operate equipment (for example, man lifts, 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 (for example, knife, hand and power sheers and snips, lazer cutting equipment, light metal-working equipment)
  • inspect finished product to ensure specified standards and quality are met
  • 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 Dec 16, 2016

Siding installers work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. They make some products in a shop and install them at construction sites. At times, siding must be measured and cut on-site. A 40-hour work week is normal, but overtime may be required to meet construction deadlines. Considerable bending, reaching, working at heights or in cramped spaces may be required. Lifting and moving items that weigh up to 45 kilograms also may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Siding installers need the following characteristics:

  • patience, dependability and accuracy
  • mechanical aptitude
  • spatial and form perception
  • hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • ability to visualize a finished product from a drawing
  • strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • good communication skills
  • ability to manage time and priorities
  • ability to use materials efficiently
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work in a team environment.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Employers prefer to hire people who have previous experience in siding and have:

  • the ability to learn and obey company safety policies
  • the ability to work at heights
  • good English-language skills
  • 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.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Most siding installers are employed by:

  • exterior finishing companies working on new construction and renovation companies
  • residential, commercial and industrial construction companies
  • fabrication workshops.

Many siding installers stay in this occupation until retirement. However, advancement opportunities may include self-employment or positions such as estimator, inspector and 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 in this occupation will be 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 (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.

In Alberta, the H531: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 45 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Although expected occupational growth is below average, employment prospects for this occupation vary considerably depending on economic conditions. Also, ongoing recruitment is needed to deal with employment turnover, especially as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Siding installers may be paid a regular wage, but are often paid on a project basis.

Residential and commercial installers and servicers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

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

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.

Industry Information
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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 Dec 16, 2016

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 19, 2016. 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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