Issue 20-33: Average Weekly Earnings

February 27, 2020

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted, current dollars) remained virtually unchanged in December 2019 compared to the previous month at $1,011.93.

Compared to December 2018, average weekly earnings in British Columbia increased by 3.7%, ranking fourth among provinces. Growth was spread across most sectors, with the largest gains recorded in utilities (+9.3%), and finance and insurance (+9.2%). Five sectors saw declines in average weekly earnings from a year ago, with real estate and rental and leasing (-7.9%) registering the biggest drop.

Nationally, average weekly earnings increased by 0.2% compared to the previous month. Compared to December 2018, earnings increased by 3.4% to reach $1,042.39. The utilities (+11.2%), and finance and insurance (+10.1%) sectors saw the largest increases in December compared to the same month a year earlier.

Earnings across the country ranged from a high of $1,479.22 in Nunavut to a low of $873.78 in Prince Edward Island. Alberta had the highest average weekly earnings among provinces in December, at $1,165.99.

All provinces saw increases in average weekly earnings compared to a year ago, most notably New Brunswick (+4.7%) and Quebec (+4.4%).

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