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Canada’s Best Jobs: Elevator Mechanic

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Elevator mechanic

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Median Salary: $83,844
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +16%
Total Employees: 7,000
Change in Employees (2010–2016): +94%

Job Description:

Elevator mechanics inspect and repair the electronic, mechanical and safety components of the elevators we use every day.

Job Qualifications:

After getting at least a secondary school education, you’ll need either complete a four- to five-year apprenticeship, or at least four years of work experience in combination with school or industry courses.


An elevator mechanic can expect a median salary of $86,500. However, apprentices may see a significantly lower paycheque until they receive certification, and veteran mechanics may see higher pay. Overall, though, the industry sees strong wage growth of 16.44% over the past years.

Career Opportunity:

The housing market keeps rising, fuelling demand for high-rises, and by extension, elevators. Alongside a Canadian Press investigation last year that revealed a ‘crisis’ in faulty elevators, expect there to be plenty of opportunity as landlords scramble for qualified contractors to maintain aging systems.

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