The purpose of the BC Wage and Salary
survey was to provide British Columbians with up-to-date wage and
salary information to enable employers to recruit and retain employees,
and to enable job seekers to make informed education and career
Approximately three thousand businesses across British Columbia participated in the 2009 BC Wage and Salary Survey. Statistics Canada conducted the survey on behalf of BC Stats and ALMD in
the spring and summer of 2009. From March through June, B.C. businesses
with ten or more employees were contacted in order to complete the
survey. The sample was drawn from the Statistics Canada Business
Register, which is a list of all establishments in Canada.
The survey produced information on part-time and full-time
wages, hours of work, hiring difficulties, and vacancies for 112 of the
province’s most common occupations. In B.C.’s three largest economic
regions (Vancouver Island/Coast, Mainland/Southwest, and
Thompson/Okanagan), the top 100 occupations were targeted, and in the
five remaining regions (Kootenay, Cariboo, North Coast, Nechako, and
Northeast), the top 35 occupations were targeted.
This project was undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of
Advanced Education and Labour Market Development (ALMD). Funding was
made possible through the Labour Market Information initiative under
the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA), which is
administered for B.C. by ALMD.
The occupation codes and their descriptions used in this survey are
based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) framework, which
is maintained and updated by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Additional information about the survey itself can be
found in the Survey Methodology Reports and Analysis Documents.
This website provides detailed occupational information on
wage rates, hours of work, and skills shortages. Where available, the
results are presented for B.C. overall, and separately for each of
B.C.’s development regions. To view the results, please click “Search”.