Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake had the highest hourly pay in the country in 2016.
According to Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey released Wednesday, full-time employees in our region, on average, made $36.50 an hour.
This can be attributed to the oil and gas industry as the survey shows the highest average hourly wage for management occupations was in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction with employees bringing in roughly $64.45.
The next highest wage region in Canada is Nunavut where on average full-time employee earned $35.95 and rounding out the top three is the Northwest Territories were workers made around $34.20 an hour.
Six of the seven economic regions in Alberta were part of the nation’s top 10 for the highest average hourly wage, including Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Red Deer and Camrose.
Statistics Canada says among all provinces, Alberta had a relatively high average hourly wage in every broad occupational group except in art, culture, sales and service occupations and recreation and sport occupations.
Nationally, the average hourly wage paid to full-time payroll employees in 2016 was $27.70. This excludes overtime pay, tips, and incentive and performance pay.