Issue 17-96: Average Weekly Earnings

August 30, 2017

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) increased by $4.68 from May to reach $944.56 in June 2017, a 0.5% increase. Nationally, earnings averaged $973.52 per week, a rise of 0.3% from May.

British Columbia’s average weekly earnings ranked eighth, behind four provinces and three territories, with earnings across the country ranging from a high of $1,409.28 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $818.17 in Prince Edward Island.

Compared to June 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 1.8% in June 2017, on par with the national average. This is the eleventh consecutive year-over-year increase of average weekly earnings in British Columbia.

Note that average weekly earnings change due to a number of factors including wage growth, changes in occupation or job experience, changes in the average work week, and changes in the number of people employed in different industries.

Source: Statistics Canada