Table 1
Real hourly wages (2010 dollars) of men and women aged 17 to 64 employed full-time, 1981 to 2011

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Real hourly wages (2010 dollars) of men and women aged 17 to 64 employed full-time, 1981 to 2011
Table summary
This table displays median and average real hourly wages for men and women aged 17 to 64 employed full-time. The row headers describe the years considered as well as the periods over which growth rates in wages are calculated. The column headers identify median and average real hourly wages of men and women as well as the male-female wage ratio for median wages and average wages.
  Median hourly wages Average hourly wages
Men Women Column 2 divided by Column 1 Men Women Column 5 divided by Column 4
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
  dollars ratio dollars ratio
Year  
1981 21.18 15.72 0.742 22.55 17.38 0.771
1984 22.42 16.13 0.720 23.51 17.35 0.738
1986 21.58 15.86 0.735 23.10 17.05 0.738
1987 21.89 15.97 0.730 23.20 17.44 0.752
1988 22.17 16.36 0.738 23.75 18.01 0.758
1989 21.80 16.29 0.747 23.42 17.89 0.764
1990 21.86 16.35 0.748 23.31 18.03 0.774
1997 21.59 17.54 0.813 23.05 19.09 0.828
1998 21.54 17.58 0.816 23.06 19.10 0.828
1999 21.32 17.56 0.824 23.23 19.13 0.824
2000 21.68 17.61 0.812 23.27 19.16 0.823
2001 21.53 17.71 0.823 23.68 19.43 0.821
2002 21.51 17.67 0.822 23.57 19.63 0.833
2003 21.42 17.83 0.832 23.38 19.66 0.841
2004 21.40 17.80 0.832 23.51 19.89 0.846
2005 21.46 17.94 0.836 23.41 19.96 0.853
2006 21.36 18.15 0.850 23.88 20.33 0.851
2007 21.59 18.37 0.851 24.06 20.65 0.858
2008 21.99 18.74 0.852 24.66 21.00 0.852
2009 22.53 19.58 0.869 25.33 21.93 0.866
2010 23.00 19.84 0.863 25.42 22.17 0.872
2011 22.27 19.37 0.870 25.03 21.85 0.873
  percent change
Period  
1981 to 2001 1.6 12.7 5.0 11.8
2001 to 2011 3.5 9.3 5.7 12.4
1981 to 2011 5.1 23.2 11.0 25.7
1981 to 1998 1.7 11.8 2.3 9.9
1998 to 2011 3.4 10.1 8.5 14.4
Source(s):
Statistics Canada, 1981 Survey of Work History, 1984 Survey of Union Membership, 1986 to 1990 Labour Market Activity Survey, 1997 to 2011 Labour Force Survey, and Consumer Price Index (All-items).
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