Am I being compensated fairly?

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Posted by: from Ottawa
2/7/2021 at 5:47:53 PM

I am wondering if I am being compensated fairly. I make 30$/ hour, work in Ontario. I am not a licensed tradesperson, but have worked in the residential construction industry for 10+ years.

I work for a general contractor. I am essentially left with a set of plans and am to build a house from the ground up with one skilled labourer (site prep, icf formwork, framing, insulating, trim carpentry, windows/ doors, exterior finishing, tile, hardwood etc. We use licensed sub trades where required. We do high end custom homes, energy efficient homes. I use a company vehicle day to day and don't pay for fuel, although it is used to transport tools/ materials/ personnel. I have my own vehicle for personal use. No benefits. No overtime pay.

For what it's worth, my employer and our clients trust my skills and my opinions implicitly.

I think it's on par with industry rates... my wife thinks I'm being taken advantage of given my abilities and the value I provide to my employer... any opinions?


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Date/Time2/8/2021 at 6:43:37 AM

Sadly pal your wife is correct. You have become a site foreman for your employer. Having been in the business for many years as a GM of operations I have had over 30 trades employed in similar roles. In my company iff what you say is correct your salary compensation should and would be in the fifty to sixty an hour range or on a salary equivalent to those numbers. We would pay regular workers on that kind of project anywhere from 25 to 30 per hour. Our six project managers earn base salaries, company vehicles, full benefits, they are also rewarded quarterly with a percentage bonus based on the profit and timeframe a job was finished.

You are definitely selling yourself very short.

Good luck

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Date/Time2/8/2021 at 6:54:46 AM

Hi Jeff,

So it sounds to me that you are a carpenter? How long have you been with the company you are currently working for? We are a General Contracting company in Muskoka and offer $28.00 - $35.00 an hour, with overtime after 44 hours. We don't supply a company vehicle, but do pay for gas. If you have been with the company for quite sometime now and they trust your workmanship then in my opinion $30.00-$35.00 an hour is fair pay.

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Date/Time2/8/2021 at 7:08:20 AM

Just like the first reply to your question. First of all always listen to your wife. Second of all of your work is good , you do well what you say you do then that salary is for a skilled worker with no other responsibilities. You are being the site manager taking on the job. You should be making minimum $50 per hour plus benefits.

In our company we pay 30 to 45 per hour just for regular experienced employees. Which by the way are very hard to find Today. You should be making $50 minimum in Ontario.

Have confidence in yourself and listen to your wife. It sounds like she is Thinking the right way. Good luck

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Date/Time2/8/2021 at 11:42:34 AM


I think you should take more than the $30 / hour and as long as you like your employer and need to stay with him so better if you talk to him about a raise and that should work as long as there is a mutual benefits between you and him. Good luck!

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