Alberta leads country in highest hourly wages

Five of the 10 economic regions in Canada with the highest average full-time hourly wage last year were in Alberta.

Province also had highest proportion of full-time workers

Albertans make some of the highest wages in the country, according to Statistics Canada. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Alberta continues to lead the country when it comes to high wages.

Five of the 10 economic regions in Canada with the highest average full-time hourly wage last year were in Alberta, according to data released from Statistic Canada's job vacancy and wage survey Tuesday.

Wood Buffalo and Cold Lake topped the list with an average hourly wage of $34.35, with Calgary coming in third at $31.95 and Edmonton in sixth at $31. 

The average full-time hourly wage, including tips and other incentives, across Canada was $27.60. 

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In 2016, six economic regions in Alberta made the list, but the average actually dropped slightly for some regions between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, the average hourly wage in Wood Buffalo was $36.50 and Calgary's was $32.60.

By occupation, the highest increases last year were seen in the natural resources and agriculture sectors which saw wages rise by five per cent to $23.25 per hour for full-time jobs, and job vacancies in the sectors grew by 20.9 per cent from the previous year. 

Alberta also had the highest proportion of people aged 25 to 39 working full time, at 39.8 per cent, according to the organization's labour force survey. 

The 10 regions with the lowest average hourly regions were located in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec.


  • An earlier version of this story suggested eight of 10 economic regions with the highest wages were in Alberta, but only five are in Alberta.
    Jun 26, 2018 3:27 PM MT


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