Highest hourly wages in Canada are found in Alberta: report

Jun 16 2017, 4:20 pm

According to Statistics Canada report on Wages by Occupation, in 2016 six of the seven economic regions in Alberta were part of the nation’s top 10 for highest average hourly wage.

Workers in Wood Buffalo–Cold Lake, Alberta earned Canada’s highest hourly wage at an average of $36.50 per hour.

Calgary took the fourth highest spot for highest average hourly wage with $32.60, following Nunavut at $35.95 and the Northwest Territories at $34.20.

Table: Statistics Canada

Stats Canada reported that on average Alberta had a relatively high hourly wage in every broad occupational group except in art, culture, recreation and sport occupations, and in sales and service occupations.

The average hourly wage in Canada for 2016 was $27.70.

10 of the highest paid occupations by hourly wage

  • Specialist physicians $86.75
  • Dentists $72.00
  • Petroleum engineers $62.75
  • Engineering managers $58.30
  • University professors and lecturers $58.10
  • Other managers in public administration $56.25
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers $55.50
  • Senior government managers and officials $55.45
  • Commissioned police officers $54.30
  • Chemical engineers $54.20

10 of the lowest paid occupations by hourly wage

  • Bartenders $11.50
  • Food and beverage servers $11.85
  • Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses $12.85
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations $13.05
  • Service station attendants $13.05
  • Harvesting labourers $13.10
  • Nursery and greenhouse workers $13.25
  • Shoe repairers and shoemakers $13.65
  • Hairstylists and barbers $13.75
  • Cashiers $13.95

There are 76 economic regions in Canada, each enclosed within a province or territory. For this report, Stats Canada combined seven pairs of economic regions.

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