02/23/2013 12:04 EST

Alberta Average Hourly Wages Are The Highest In Canada


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.

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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.