Issue 19-18 Average Weekly Earnings

January 31, 2019

In November, payroll employees in British Columbia saw their average weekly earnings climb 3.2% relative to November 2017, to $983. The increase was driven by earnings growth in the construction sector.

This was the highest rate of growth of any Canadian province, and well ahead of the national growth rate of 2.0%. Nationally, average weekly earnings were $1,012 in November.

The number of payroll employees in B.C. also grew, rising 4.2% compared to November 2017 to 2.26 million. This was an increase of just under 92,000 employees. Of that increase, the largest contributor was the Construction sector, which added just over 13,000 payroll employees. Other large contributors were Educational services (+10,500) and Health care and social assistance (+8,500).

Data Source: Statistics Canada