Western Alberta is the ninth highest earning region in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, people in the Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River economic region make an average of $29.70 per hour.
At $36.50 an hour, the Wood Buffalo – Cold Lake area came in first, and six of Alberta’s seven economic regions made it to the top 10. Alberta overall had a relatively high average hourly wage in almost every type of job except in art, culture, recreation and sport occupations and in sales and service occupations.
Not surprisingly, the highest paid jobs were management positions in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction at $64.45. Nearly 65 per cent of all people in that sector are in Alberta.
The 10 economic regions with the lowest average hourly wage were located in the Maritimes and Quebec. All of the wage data in the new Job Vacancy and Wage Survey are for full-time employment and don’t include overtime, tips, and incentives like commissions and bonuses.