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Merit performs three different wage and benefit surveys for its members. Conducted annually, these surveys are intended to be used as a management tool to capture information about average wages and benefits in the open shop construction industry.


Wage and Benefits

Conducted semi-annually in January and June, the Trades Wage and Benefit Survey examines 22 different trades, then reports the minimum, average and maximum wages for each trade per Northern and Southern Alberta. These trades include:

  • Carpenter
  • Concrete Finishers
  • Drywaller/Latherer/ISM
  • Electrician
  • Glazier
  • Insulator
  • Labourer
  • Metal Building Systems Erectors
  • Millwrights
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and AC (HVAC) Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Technician
  • B-Pressure Welders
  • Welders
  • Instrumentation technicians
  • Heavy duty mechanics
  • Operators
  • Communications technicians
  • Installers
  • Ironworkers
  • Powerline technicians
  • Scaffolders


Merit also reports on data regarding benefits, pension/retirement, statutory and vacation pay, hours and overtime, and expected wage increases. Summaries for the Trades survey are released to Merit members in the first week of March and August every year, free of charge.

Conducted annually, this survey gathers information for seven different office and salaried staff positions in the construction industry. Once analyzed, Merit reports on the minimum, average and maximum salary for the following positions:

  • Project Managers
  • Estimators
  • Superintendents
  • Health and Safety Practitioners
  • Designer/Drafter
  • Contract/Project Administrator
  • HR Administrators


The Office survey also details the average planned salary increase in the year and determining factors for the increase; the amount of bonus provided for each position; vacation entitlement; employer’s contribution for Benefit and Retirement Programs; and provision of company vehicle and vehicle allowances for each of the seven positions. This summary is released annually to all members at no cost.

Conducted annually in May, the Heavy Construction/Road Builders Survey requests wage and benefit information for:

  • Cat/Crawler Operators
  • Excavator Operators
  • Finish Grader Operators
  • Heavy Duty Journeymen Technicians
  • Packer Operators
  • Paver Operators
  • Scraper Operators
  • Foremen


Other than the minimum, average and maximum hourly wages, the summary also provides data on employer contributions for benefits and retirement programs; statutory holiday and vacation pay; weekly regular hours, including overtime and the overtime rate; and bonuses and planned wage increases. This report is released to all members each year in the first week of June, free of charge.



We are proud to announce Merit’s Mental Health Strategy.

This program will keep mental health at the forefront for Merit members, their employees, and families.

We have made available to our members resources to assist in navigating mental health issues in the workplace and at home.