Issue 17-161 Average Weekly Earnings

November 30, 2017

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) went up by $7.94 (+0.8%) to reach $946.95 in September.

Compared to September 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 2.9%, ranking fourth among provinces. Growth was spread across all sectors, and the largest gains were observed in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (+12.4%), and Information and cultural industries (+9.0%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings increased by 1.0% compared to the previous month. Arts, entertainment and recreation (+4.6%) and real estate and rental and leasing (+3.2%) saw the largest increases for the month. Compared to September 2016, earnings increased by 3.1% to reach $985.95.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,427.37 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $814.56 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in September, at $1,142.01.

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