The hourly earnings for occupations. Hourly earnings are presented for five percentiles (10th, 25th, 50th (median), 75th, and 90th). Average hourly earnings are also available. Occupation earnings data are only available for the Employees Class of Worker; they are not available for the Self-Employed Class of Worker. Occupation earnings do not include benefits.
Average earnings are determined by dividing the total earnings for the occupation by the number of jobs in the occupation. Percentile earnings indicate what percent of the jobs in the occupation earn that amount or less. For example, 10th percentile earnings of $12/hr indicate that 10% of the workers in that occupation make $12/hr or less. Median earnings of $15/hr indicate that half of workers in that occupation make more than $15/hr, and half make less than $15/hr. 10th percentile earnings are often used as a proxy for entry level wages, as they represent the lowest earnings in the occupation.
See also Class of Worker.
Source: Emsi’s industry data, regional occupation data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), and regional staffing patterns taken from the Census.