Issue 17-116: Average Weekly Earnings

September 28, 2017

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) fell slightly by $1.00 (‑0.1%) to reach $941.26 in July.

Compared to July 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 3.3%, the fastest growth among provinces. This is the twelfth consecutive year-over-year increase of average weekly earnings in British Columbia. Notable increases in the twelve months to July were observed in the utilities (+16.6%), and forestry, logging and support activities industries (+14.0%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings declined by 0.1% compared to June. Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services (‑3.6%), and information and cultural industries (‑3.4%) saw the largest declines for the month. Compared to July 2016, earnings increased by 1.8% to reach $970.47.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,397.98 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $815.84 in Prince Edward Island.

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