Issue 18-20 Average Weekly Earnings

January 25, 2018

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) fell in the month, going down by $2.49 (‑0.3%) to reach $947.89 in November.

Compared to November 2016, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 2.2%, ranking seventh among provinces. Growth was spread across most sectors, with sixteen of the twenty subsectors reporting higher earnings.

Nationally, average weekly earnings grew by 0.6% compared to the previous month. Real estate and rental and leasing (+3.0%) and finance and insurance (+1.9%) saw the largest increases for the month. Compared to November 2016, earnings increased by 2.8% to reach $988.29.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,399.61 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $837.40 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in November, at $1,143.92.

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