They’re paid alright

I was just reading in Allnovascotia.com story about how much more the top guys/gals in Nova Scotia’s private sector make compared to the public sector.

This got me thinking about New Brunswick. While it is obvious that the top private sector salaries would eclipse public sector wages, overall the public sector doesn’t have much to complain about. Using the seasonally adjusted average hourly earnings data from Statistics Canada (not including overtime), the average New Brunswicker made just over $17/hour in August 2007. The average provincial government civil servant made $21.48/hour.

In the past 10 years, the average hourly earnings (not including overtime) for all of us increased by 25% (the industrial aggregate) – or just slightly above the rate of inflation.

In the past 10 years, provincial government average hourly earnings increased by 52% – over double the overall average and well above the rate of inflation.

Avg. Hourly Wage (August 2007)*
Industrial aggregate $ 17.02
Manufacturing $ 18.01
Retail trade $ 13.96
Health care and social assistance $ 21.30
Accommodation and food services $ 9.97
Provincial and territorial public administration $ 21.48
*Not including overtime and seasonally adjusted.

Average Hourly Wage Increase
(August 1998 to August 2007)

Industrial aggregate +25%
Manufacturing +23%
Retail trade +28%
Health care and social assistance +34%
Accommodation and food services +22%
Provincial and territorial public administration +52%

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