Pay rate in alberta for mechanics

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October 12th, 2010 4:25am
I recently got offered a job working for dealership for a lot more an hour than i make, it has made me think a lot about my career, right now i work for fleet shop in Alberta and make just under 28 an hour i work lots of hours during the summer and regular work week during winter,i have to mechanics licenses one het and other farm equipment and been in trade for 9 years, so i guess my question is what should a heavy equipment mechanic make in Alberta
October 15th, 2010 7:55am
My personal belief is that you have to enjoy what you do. This has to include the pride you get from a job well done, and a real sense of accomplishment.

If you do not get these things, you probably won't be happy with your lot in life. You will probably not be happy with the extra ten dollars a month you could have gotten over there, somewhere. It's all too easy to take all this home and destroy any family life you might have.

Find your niche. Find an employer that cares about you and your successes. A good employer will not try to take advantage of your good nature, and not pay unfairly. They are out there.

Realize, of course, some will never be happy unless they work for themselves.
October 20th, 2010 8:03am
i really do enjoy working were im at, but sometimes you feel like you're beeing about under paid. My boss here wants to put me salary whitch is a good thing kind of i guess but he wants me to come up with a number for salary, its kind off hard to do so because we ussually work 3500 hours a year and hes not prepared to pay what other big companys pay, so i dont know you what the pay rate should be in this case
October 24th, 2010 7:25pm
Pay is subjective. Where are you located, what is your skill level and particular expertise? What kind of education/continuing education/update training do you have? Where do you fit in the machine, I guess. If you're the best of the best, live in a major center, have the best education and always keep yourself and your tools up to date, then you command top dollar. But less than that, is less than that. Personally I live in a smaller town, I could make more in Calgary, at a dealer, but why? For me, the intangible things make up for lower wages. I like small towns, interacting with customers, knowing my customers personally, and working on everything from soup to nuts. It's not perfect, it sucks sometimes, but I've done the other option and it doesn't suit me at all. You'll just have to ask yourself, is it worth it? What do you want? And maybe you'll just have to learn the hard way what it is that you want and need. Just remember, your employer is giving you a chance, by asking you to name a salary figure, to be in the driver's seat. You don't get that chance at a big outfit.
October 25th, 2010 4:05am
I apologize for not understanding the rational behind your query. One thing you can do is go to the jobs page, they have a method of analyzing pay rates for different locations.

Otherwise, from what I've seen, the lowest pay rate in Alberta is about $24.00/hr. for someone licensed and in the major cities. These employers always seem to be advertising for new staff.

The highest in-city rate seems to be about $37.00/hr.

Out-of-town rates seem to range from about $33.00/hr. up to Fort Mac pricing at $50.00/hr.

Where you will fit, I don't know, you would have to figure that out.

By the way, farm equipment mechanics tend to be on the lower end of the scale.
October 29th, 2010 12:10am
Going to Salary as a mechanic is tough especially when a lot of your earnings is off of your overtime.

As a general rule of thumb throughout Alberta the further north you go the more you get paid and the bigger the machine the more you are paid. A very rough guide would be on the lowest end to the highest (by pay rate not skill set) Automotive, Farm Machinery, On High Way Trucks, Construction Equipment, Mining Equipment.

Pay rates for Calgary you can expect $30.00 - $35.00, Edmonton $32.00 - $38.00 and Fort McMurray is tough because a lot is incentive based and it is important to look at the whole package such as Flights, Accommodations but anywhere from $43.00 - $53.00.

As others have mentioned working in a more rural setting will impact the pay rate. For the most part as pay rate goes up so does cost of living.
December 20th, 2010 12:16pm
Thanks for all you're good advice everyone, after metting my boss a few times and looking at all my pros and cons with work i decide to go on salary and try for another year

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