Issue 18-112 Average Weekly Earnings

June 28, 2018

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) went down in April, declining by $10.81 (-1.1%) to reach $952.22.

Compared to April 2017, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 1.6%, ranking sixth among provinces (tied with Manitoba). Growth was spread across most sectors, with the largest gains recorded in real estate and rental and leasing (+21.0%) and utilities (+17.5%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings fell slightly (-0.3%) compared to the previous month. Management of companies and enterprises (-3.6%), arts, entertainment and recreation (-3.4%), and construction (-3.3%) saw the largest declines for the month. Compared to April 2017, earnings increased by 2.5% to reach $994.68.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,392.72 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $847.54 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in April, at $1,153.22. Eight provinces saw increases in average weekly earnings compared to a year ago, meanwhile earnings in Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.6%) and Saskatchewan (-0.1%) fell.

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