Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7521  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work. They are employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies.

Alternate Job Titles

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  • Asphalt Spreader Operator
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  • Boom-conveyor Operator
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  • Bulldozer Driver
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  • Caterpillar Car Operator
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  • Concrete Spreader Operator - Heavy Equipment
  • Concrete-grooving Machine Operator
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  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Continuous Bucket Excavator Operator
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  • Ditcher Operator - Construction
  • Ditching Machine Operator
  • Dozer Operator
  • Dredge Operator
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  • Earth-moving Equipment Operator
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  • Elevating Grader Operator
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  • Excavating Machine Operator
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  • Gradall Operator
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  • Groove-cutting Machine Operator
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  • Road Grader Operator
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  • Road Roller Operator
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  • Rotary Trencher Operator
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  • Scraper Operator
  • Shield Operator
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  • Snow-grooming Machine Operator
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  • Stacker Operator - Heavy Equipment
  • Street Paver Operator
  • Stripping Shovel Operator
  • Structural Hydraulic Jack Erector
  • Surface Mining Equipment Operator
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  • Tractor-excavator Operator
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  • Tunnelling Machine Operator
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  • Gradall Operator
  • Grader Operator
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  • Side Boom Tractor Operator
  • Surface Mining Equipment Operator
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Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for heavy equipment operators (except crane).

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree $60,057
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $60,442
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $62,030
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $72,360
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $68,204
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $60,939
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for heavy equipment operators (except crane).

Gender Median Income
Male $60,939
Female $62,453
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (41 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for heavy equipment operators (except crane).

$35,100.00
Lowest Observed
$85,800.00
Highest Observed
$42,900.00
25th Percentile
$55,201.32
Average
$54,600.00
Median
$58,500.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for heavy equipment operators (except crane)

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 125
25 to 34 years 290
35 to 44 years 280
45 to 54 years 410
55 to 64 years 215
65 to 74 years 60
75 years and over 10
Total 1,385
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for heavy equipment operators (except crane). Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 780
Part Time 660
Total 1,430
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for heavy equipment operators (except crane). Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 1,335
Female 60
Total 1,385
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for heavy equipment operators (except crane). Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 1,300
Self Employed 85
Total 1,385
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for heavy equipment operators (except crane). Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 1,275
Unemployed 120
Total 1,385
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for heavy equipment operators (except crane). Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 300
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 615
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 290
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 155
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 10
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 60
Total 1,430
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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