Issue 17-136 Average Weekly Earnings

October 26, 2017

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) went up by $3.46 (+0.4%) to reach $940.31 in August.

Compared to August 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 2.2%, ranking fourth among provinces. Growth was spread across most sectors, and the largest gains were observed in administrative and support, waste management and remediation services (+9.9%), and management of companies and enterprises (+9.5%). Notable declines were observed in the forestry, logging and support activities (‑7.2%) and information and cultural industries (‑7.0%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings increased by 0.9% compared to the previous month. Finance and insurance (+6.0%) and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (+4.5%) saw the largest increases for the month. Compared to August 2016, earnings increased by 1.7% to reach $974.61.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,405.00 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $821.33 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in August, at $1,133.86.

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