Issue 17-174 Average Weekly Earnings

December 20, 2017

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) changed little in the month, going up by $0.69 (+0.1%) to reach $951.54 in October.

Compared to October 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 3.7%, ranking first among provinces. Growth was spread across all sectors, with the exception of forestry, logging and support (‑3.3%) and information and cultural industries (‑2.2%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings decreased by 0.1% compared to the previous month. Real estate and rental and leasing (‑4.8%) and arts, entertainment and recreation (‑4.1%) saw the largest decreases for the month. Compared to October 2016, earnings increased by 3.1% to reach $983.00.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,365.12 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $818.13 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in October, at $1,143.46.

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