Chart 6
Growth in average wages is tempered when job tenure and occupation are held constant

average hourly wages ($) 25.5 26.0 26.5 27.0 27.5 28.0 28.5 29.0 29.5 30.0 30.5 31.0 Jan. 2017 2018 2019 2020 Aug. 2021 ActualActual Fixed-weightedFixed-weighted
Note(s):
Actual average hourly wages are calculated using the distribution of employees by occupation and job tenure in the reference month. Fixed-weighted average hourly wages are calculated using the 2019-average distribution of employees by occupation and job tenure. The fixed-weighted measure better approximates the real change in employee wages over the course of the pandemic because it shows what average wages would have been had the distribution of employees been the same as in 2019.
Source(s):
Labour Force Survey (3701), custom tabulation.

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Growth in average wages is tempered when job tenure and occupation are held constant, average hourly wages ($)
  Actual Fixed-weighted
January 2017 25.90 25.81
February 2017 26.04 25.94
March 2017 26.04 25.95
April 2017 26.01 25.98
May 2017 25.80 25.94
June 2017 25.81 25.88
July 2017 25.71 26.00
August 2017 25.84 26.09
September 2017 26.30 26.29
October 2017 26.39 26.39
November 2017 26.55 26.48
December 2017 26.61 26.55
January 2018 26.75 26.64
February 2018 26.84 26.71
March 2018 26.86 26.77
April 2018 26.92 26.85
May 2018 26.81 26.92
June 2018 26.72 26.93
July 2018 26.50 26.98
August 2018 26.55 26.97
September 2018 26.89 27.05
October 2018 26.94 27.03
November 2018 26.97 27.05
December 2018 27.10 27.13
January 2019 27.26 27.22
February 2019 27.44 27.43
March 2019 27.52 27.49
April 2019 27.60 27.62
May 2019 27.57 27.68
June 2019 27.74 27.81
July 2019 27.71 27.90
August 2019 27.57 27.79
September 2019 28.06 28.05
October 2019 28.14 28.06
November 2019 28.22 28.11
December 2019 28.14 28.04
January 2020 28.46 28.26
February 2020 28.59 28.39
March 2020 29.27 28.54
April 2020 30.62 29.10
May 2020 30.44 29.03
June 2020 29.73 28.82
July 2020 29.45 28.78
August 2020 29.34 28.71
September 2020 29.59 28.78
October 2020 29.66 28.85
November 2020 29.60 28.77
December 2020 29.70 28.88
January 2021 30.23 29.10
February 2021 29.97 29.13
March 2021 29.89 29.10
April 2021 30.07 29.25
May 2021 29.94 29.29
June 2021 29.70 29.20
July 2021 29.59 29.19
August 2021 29.73 29.23
Note(s):
Actual average hourly wages are calculated using the distribution of employees by occupation and job tenure in the reference month. Fixed-weighted average hourly wages are calculated using the 2019-average distribution of employees by occupation and job tenure. The fixed-weighted measure better approximates the real change in employee wages over the course of the pandemic because it shows what average wages would have been had the distribution of employees been the same as in 2019.
Source(s):
Labour Force Survey (3701), custom tabulation.
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