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Monday, May 5, 2008

The 2007 National Construction Industry Wage Rate Survey covered establishments with six or more employees in the construction industry in two provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The establishments were asked to provide wage rates for employees working full time in selected occupations and to indicate whether the workers were unionized. Data were collected for work on institutional or commercial construction sites only.

Survey data showed that average wage rates increased substantially for most construction occupations in both provinces.

In Alberta, the most highly-paid construction occupation for which data were available was elevator constructor, for which the average wage was $39.95 per hour. This occupation was followed by sprinkler system installer and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. These three occupations were also among the top six highest paid occupations surveyed in 1999 and 2003.

In Saskatchewan, the most highly-paid construction occupation of those surveyed was mobile crane operator, for which the average was $31.44 per hour. It was followed by ironworker (excluding reinforcing ironworker) and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.

These three occupations along with pipefitter, steamfitter and related welder and bricklayer (excluding refractory bricklayer) were consistently among the top six highest paid occupations surveyed in 1999 and 2003.

As in the previous two time periods, the lowest paid construction occupation surveyed in 2007 was trade helper/labourer (excluding asphalt layers and scaffold erectors) in Alberta and traffic accommodation person in Saskatchewan.

Note: This survey, conducted on behalf of the Labour Branch of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, helps establish wage schedules for workers on federal construction projects. It is conducted region by region on a rotating basis. It excludes Quebec, Manitoba and Yukon, where wage rates are established by the provincial or territorial government. The next round of the survey, scheduled for 2008, will cover Ontario.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2935.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-877-679-2746, sbss-info@statcan.gc.ca), Small Business and Special Surveys Division.

For information or requests concerning the wage schedules developed from this survey data for workers on federal construction projects, contact Nathalie Nadon (819-997-3903; nathalie.nadon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca), Human Resources and Social Development Canada.