Do you make $30 per hour? If you said 'no' a new report from Statistics Canada says you might be underpaid.
 
The 2016 Wage Report released on Thursday, June 15 records the average hourly wage paid to full-time payroll employees in 2016 excluding overtime pay, tips and incentive and performance pay. 
 
The national average was $27.70 per hour, while the average for the Camrose-Drumheller corridor was just under $30.
 
"I think you have to pay attention to the rate being the average hourly full time wage rate, compared to all those other people that are maybe on salaried positions," remarked Heather Bitz, executive director of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce. "I think there's a bit of a difference there as well."
 
The region topped the Banff-Jasper corridor and Red Deer, ranking only behind Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray.
 
"The oil and gas and the mining industries have probably bumped up those averages, for sure," noted Bitz. "Perhaps retail or the tourism-hospitality side of things, those hourly wage rates are maybe not that high."
 
Of all occupations, the highest average hourly wage was for management jobs in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.
 
"It maybe gives an indication of things being still being very positive here," Bitz speculated. "From the employers' side of things, (it) maybe gives some of those employees some bargaining power to negotiate higher wages, I don't know."
 
For a closer look at Statistics Canada's 2016 Wage Report follow this link.
 

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