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Friday, November 28, 2003

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Wage Rate Survey


Data from the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Wage Rate Survey are now available.

This survey was conducted on behalf of Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), New Brunswick and HRDC, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick Department of Training and Employment Development, and Prince Edward Island Employment Development Agency. The main objective of this survey was to produce up-to-date statistical information on wages for selected occupations classified according to the 2001 National Occupational Classification in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Data on wages are available for each occupation by full time and part time status at the provincial level for both provinces and for two economic regions in New Brunswick.

Hourly wage rates were collected in June 2003 for specific occupations in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The survey included establishments with six or more employees in all industries. Establishments were asked to provide data on starting wages, wages after one year, maximum wages, and the most frequently paid wage for each occupation for full time and part time workers.

The survey found that hourly wage rates varied by occupation between the two provinces. Generally speaking, workers employed by companies in New Brunswick tended to receive higher pay in most occupations compared with wages paid in Prince Edward Island.

The three mostly highly paid occupations for which data are available in New Brunswick were pharmacists ($35.29 an hour as the most frequently paid wage rate), banking credit and other investment managers ($27.48) and human resources managers ($26.43). In Prince Edward Island, they were social workers ($26.27), human resources managers ($25.69) and registered nurses ($25.09).

In both provinces the lowest paying occupations were food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations, cashiers, and service station attendants. However, wages for these occupations range from $0.43 to $1.07 above the minimum wage rate in force for these provinces ($6.25 an hour in Prince Edward Island and $6.00 an hour in New Brunswick).

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2920.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Joanne Linekar (613-951-2083,, Small Business and Special Surveys Division.

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