- The average full-time hourly wage paid is the average hourly wage paid by employers, before taxes and deductions, to full-time employees and excludes overtime pay, tips, commissions, bonuses.
- Estimates are calculated based on the number of full-time employees per occupation at the business location
- Wages varied notably across occupations
- Management was the broad occupational group with the highest average full-time hourly wage in 2016
- Engineering managers ($58.30) were among the highest paid within management occupations. On the other hand, restaurant and food service managers were the lowest paid, at $18.10 per hour
- Within natural and applied sciences occupations, petroleum engineers ($62.75) had the highest hourly wages
- Within health occupations, specialist physicians ($86.75) earned the highest wage, which was also the highest wage of all occupations. One of the lowest hourly wages within health occupations was for nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates ($18.95).
Regionally, the average hourly wage offered in the third quarter of 2017 remained at $22.15. However, larger changes were observed across broad occupational categories, particularly in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations and business, finance and administration occupations where the wage offered grew by 13%. Occupations that saw significant decline in the average hourly wage offered were trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations (13%) and health occupations (12%).
Within sales and service occupations, technical sales specialists in wholesale trade ($32.10) and bartenders ($11.50) had among the highest and the lowest hourly wages, respectively.
Changes in the average hourly wage offered for job vacancies reflect multiple factors like wage growth and changes in the composition of job vacancies by occupation, by sector and between part- and full-time positions. For example, the 13% increase of the wage offered in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations was partly driven by the rise in the number of job vacancies for higher-paying occupations, such as mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling, as well as underground miners and oil and gas drillers.
Wages by Education