Issue 18-95 Average Weekly Earnings

May 31, 2018

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) went up in March, increasing by $3.64 (+0.4%) to reach $962.44.

Compared to March 2017, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 2.9%, ranking third among provinces. Growth was spread across most sectors, with the largest gains recorded in real estate and rental and leasing (+19.5%), management of companies and enterprises (+15.6), and utilities (+9.9%).

Nationally, average weekly earnings remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous month. Forestry, logging and support (+4.9%), accommodation and food services (+1.9%), and construction (+1.8%) saw the largest increases for the month. Compared to March 2017, earnings increased by 3.1% to reach $997.34.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,410.47 in the Northwest Territories to a low of $840.36 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in March, at $1,148.99. All provinces saw increases in average weekly earnings compared to a year ago, with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.2%) and Saskatchewan (-0.1%).

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