Public Interest Alberta, with the support of the Alberta College of Social Workers, has released the latest data on low-wage earners in Alberta from Statistics Canada. Click here to read our intepretation of the data we released on Labour Day in 2014.
More than one out of every five workers earns less than $15/hour
- There are 383,900 Albertans earning less than $15/hour out of a total of 1,870,100 employed Albertans (20.5%).
- There are 431,500 Albertans earning less than $16/hour (23%).
- There are 42,200 people earning between $9.95 and $10.20.
The majority of low-wage workers are women
- 234,400 low-wage workers are women (61%)
Most low-wage workers are in their prime earning years
- 77% of low wage workers are over the age of 20
- 78,500 (20.4%) are between 20 – 24 years old.
- 135,100 (35.2%) are between 25 – 44 years old.
- 82,100 (21.4%) are 45 years and older.
Regional data on Albertan workers making less than $15/hour is available for the following areas (click on a region to see the corresponding statistics):