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Average Heavy Equipment Operator Hourly Pay in Canada

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The average hourly pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator in Canada is C$25.82.
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Hourly Rate
C$18 - C$36
C$397 - C$8,557
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C$970 - C$2,576
Total Pay
C$39,621 - C$85,553
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What Do Heavy Equipment Operators Do?

Heavy Equipment Operator Tasks
  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Store heavy equipment safely and securely.
  • Maintain a clean and presentable workplace.
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks.

Job Satisfaction for Heavy Equipment Operator

3.8 out of 5
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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Operator

The top respondents for the job title Heavy Equipment Operator are from the companies Teck Cominco, Sureway Construction and CN Rail. Reported salaries are highest at Teck Cominco where the average pay is C$39.49. CN Rail pays the lowest at around C$27.25.

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What Are Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Operators?

Skills in Heavy Equipment Operation, Equipment Maintenance, Safety Compliance and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Operators?

An entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$21.44 based on 31 salaries. An early career Heavy Equipment Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$23.92 based on 321 salaries. A mid-career Heavy Equipment Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$25.86 based on 309 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$27.96 based on 305 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$29.
Employees with Heavy Equipment Operator in their job title in Fort McMurray, Alberta earn an average of 35.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Edmonton, Alberta (22.5% more) and Toronto, Ontario (7.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Winnipeg, Manitoba (4.2% less) and Ottawa, Ontario (0.2% less).

Years of Experience

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