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Weekly earnings by employees, comparing sectors

Weekly earnings by employees, comparing sectors

Posted on: 11/30/2018 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

​​As The Owl described yesterday, weekly earnings in Alberta remain 14 per cent higher than the Canadian average. Within that, there are large discrepancies across sectors.

The chart below shows how average earnings have changed from the deepest point of the recession two years ago to the most recent data available—September 2016 to September 2018. Average earnings increased 2.8 per cent over that period.

The highest income earners in the province are in oil and gas extraction ($2,090 per week), while the lowest are in accommodation and food ($447 per week). While employees in oil and gas still earn the most in the province, wages in that sector have also fallen by the greatest amount, seeing a drop of more than nine per cent in two years.

At the other end of the paycheque spectrum, increased weekly earnings in accommodation and food (+11.1 per cent), education (+5.7 per cent) and retail (+4.9 per cent) all outpaced the provincial average. Some of this would certainly be related to increases in minimum wage over this period.

In fact, with the notable exception of employees in financial and insurance—where wages rose 13.9 per cent—the most significant gains in weekly earnings have been skewed heavily towards employees who are earning the least.

Wages by sector, graph​​​​

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