For those looking for the best shot at making a higher wage, Alberta may be the place to make it happen.

The province's deficit may be growing at a historic rate and fear is spreading that the golden age of the Alberta oil patch may be behind us but, according to Statistics Canada numbers, Alberta still boasts the highest average wages in the country.

Figures compiled by the agency between January 2012 and January 2013 show that Alberta recorded the highest average hourly wages in the nation in that time period- $27.86 per hour.

Alberta also recorded the highest average hourly wage increase for men, clocking in an increase of 7.1 per cent from January 2012 to January 2013.

See how all provinces compare below..

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  • New Brunswick

    Full-time employees in New Brunswick make an average hourly wage of $21.73. That figure is the lowest in the country but it is an increase of 2.1 per cent.

  • P.E.I.

    Full-time workers in P.E.I. make, on average, $21.82 per hour, increase of one per cent from the year before.

  • Nova Scotia

    Full-time workers in Nova Scotia make an average hourly wage of $22.48 per hour. Which is a zero per cent change from the year before.

  • Manitoba

    Full-time workers in Manitoba make an average of $22.95 per hour, an increase of 1.1 per cent from the year prior.

  • Quebec

    Full-time employees in Quebec earned an average of $23.91 an hour in 2012, which is 0.9 per cent higher than what they earned in 2011.

  • Newfoundland

    Full-time workers in Newfoundland make an average hourly wage of $24.90, unchanged from the previous year.

  • B.C.

    Full-time employees in B.C. made an average of $25.92 per hour in 2012, 1.3 per cent more than the previous year.

  • Ontario

    Full-time workers in Ontario earned an average $26.26 per hour, an increase of 0.8 per cent from the year before.

  • Saskatchewan

    Full-time employees in Saskatchewan earned an average hourly wage of $26.56, a significant increase from the year before. The average wage in that province rose by 5.6 per cent year over year.

  • Alberta

    Full-time workers in Alberta earned an average hourly wage of $29.35 in 2012, a significant increase of 5.3 per cent year over year.

  • National Average

    Full-time workers across the nation make an average of $25.74, a 1.7 per cent increase from the year before.

But the distribution of that wealth is a little lopsided, according to the Stats Can figures, which show that female workers in Alberta saw their average hourly rate increase by only 4.5 per cent to $24.10 per hour, 2.6 per cent less than their male counterparts, who made an average of $31.16 an hour.

Still, the increase in average hourly wages that Alberta female workers saw between January 2012 and January 2013 was only second in the nation to Saskatchewan, where women saw their average hourly wage increase by 4.6 per cent over the same time period.

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And according to consumer price index numbers, it's getting cheaper to live in Alberta, which actually posted negative inflation numbers this week.

The lowest average hourly increase in the country occurred in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Both provinces saw no increase at all, with a rate change of zero per cent.

But at $21.73, New Brunswick has the lowest average hourly pay in the country.

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