Issue 18-75 Average Weekly Earnings

April 26, 2018

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) went up moderately in February, increasing by $1.17 (+0.1%) to reach $957.85.

Compared to February 2017, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 3.0%, ranking sixth among provinces. Growth was spread across most sectors, with the largest gains recorded in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (+11.2%), real estate and rental and leasing (+10.6%), management of companies and enterprises (+9.9), and trade (+9.6%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings grew by 0.4% compared to the previous month. Information and cultural industries (+6.6%), management of companies and enterprises (+5.7%), and utilities (+4.6%) saw the largest increases for the month. Compared to February 2017, earnings increased by 3.4% to reach $996.92.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,418.56 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $844.68 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in February, at $1,158.11. All provinces saw increases in average weekly earnings compared to a year ago, with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.9%).

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