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Here are the average Canadian salaries by sector and region at the outset of 2020

Wondering how much we’re earning right now? Statistics Canada has just released its latest report on Canadian employment and payrolls. It offers a snapshot of the average wages of workers across the country by region and sector.

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It turns out that – for most of us – wages are on the rise. At the end of 2019, the average Canadian weekly earnings were $1,042 which works out to an annual income of roughly $54,184. That is up by 3.4 per cent over one year earlier.

Wages increased in all ten provinces over the past year, most notably in New Brunswick and Quebec. New Brunswick saw the greatest boost in pay with the average salary going up by 4.7 per cent. The average income in NB is $50,128 right now. Quebec comes in second place with a 4.4 per cent boost.

Here’s a look at the average income by province
With year-over year change:

    NFLD – $55,536 (+1.8%)
    PEI – $45,448 (+3.4%)
    NB – $50,128 (+4.7%)
    NS – $47,840 (+3.4%)
    Quebec – $51,324 (+4.4%)
    Ontario – $55,276 (+3.0%)
    Manitoba – $49,604 (+1.5%)
    Saskatchewan – $54,704 (+4.1%)
    Alberta – $60,632 (+2.1%)
    BC – $52,624 (+3.7%)

What each sector is paying – on average – right now
With year-over year change:

    Forestry, logging and support – $61,016 (-3.4%)
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction – $108,271 (+0.4%)
    Utilities – $101,074 (+11.2%)
    Construction – $68,143 (+5.1%)
    Manufacturing – $60,251 (+2.6%)
    Wholesale trade – $64,379 (-1.2%)
    Retail trade – $32,567 (+2.7%)
    Transportation and warehousing – $57,901 (+4.5%)
    Information and cultural industries – $70,206 (+4.6%)
    Finance and insurance – $72,492 (+10.1%)
    Real estate and rental and leasing – $52,027 (-1.4%)
    Professional, scientific and technical services – $75,136 (+2.5%)
    Management of companies and enterprises – $83,826 (-8.6%)
    Administrative and support – $45,363 (+4.9%)
    Educational services – $57,194 (+3.8%)
    Health care and social assistance – $49,848 (+2.3%)
    Arts, entertainment and recreation – $31,484 (+1.9%)
    Accommodation and food services – $22,036 (+3.4%)
    Public administration – $70,859 (+3.6%)

The top paying sectors right now are in the Mining, Oil and Gas industry, Utilities, as well as the Management of Companies and Enterprises.

The lowest paying jobs tend to be in the Accommodation and Food Services sector, the Retail Trades, as well as in the Arts.

Of course, those are broad categories. Within each sector there are roles that pay much higher and lower than the average. Regional differences also apply. Statistics Canada has created an interactive map that allows you to see the latest wages and the latest changes for your area. You can consult that here.

The minimum wage offered for jobs varies by province, with the highest being $15.00 an hour in Alberta and the lowest being $11.32 per hour in neighbouring Saskatchewan.

Assuming you worked full time for minimum wage and were paid for a full 40 hours a week, those pay rates would translate into an annual income of between $23,608 and $31,200 per year.

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