Which Province Has The Highest Wage Earners?


Workers in Alberta are among the highest average weekly earnings, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Employees in the province made an average of $1,147 in January 2018, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to the same time last year, reported CBC.

Newfoundland came in second with weekly earnings of $1,033, followed by Saskatchewan at $1,028.

“In general, changes in weekly earnings reflect a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation and level of job experience, and average hours worked per week,” according to a Stats Can press release. “The increase was partly offset by a notable decline in administrative and support services.”

Increases in weekly earnings were found across the board in areas such as mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction, health care, and social assistance.

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut outperformed Alberta and the other provinces with $1,406 and $1,364, respectively, of weekly earnings.

Statistics Canada found employees worked an average of 32.7 hours a week in January 2018, a decrease of 32.8 hours from December 2017 but the same as January 2017.

The average weekly earnings by province and territory:

  • British Columbia $961
  • Alberta $1,147
  • Saskatchewan $1,029
  • Manitoba $926
  • Ontario $1,015
  • Quebec $924
  • New Brunswick $908
  • Nova Scotia $862
  • Prince Edward Island $839
  • Newfoundland and Labrador $1,033
  • Yukon $1,090
  • Northwest Territories $1,406
  • Nunavut $1,364



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