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The purpose of the research was to determine detailed wage information and job vacancy rates about the most common occupations in Saskatchewan.

A total of 1,544 employers in Saskatchewan completed the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey, providing wage data on 125,595 employees in the province. This represents nearly one quarter (22.7%) of the employees in the province. Of those who completed the survey, 1,497 employers (97.0%) also provided data on job vacancies within their organization.

Data collection began on September 25th, 2013, and ended December 31st, 2013. A total of 6,412 potential respondents were contacted. A number of processes were established while the project was in the field in order to ensure the quality of data collection. Within the established reporting rules (see privacy), wages data is reported on for 346 unique NOC (2001) unit groups. Vacancy rates are reported for 280 unique NOC (2011) unit groups.

In order to represent the quality of the wage data and vacancy rates being reported on, a margin of error calculation was utilized. This formula takes into account the number of employees reported on within each NOC. This calculation was used to grade the reliability of the individual NOC data as it relates to the other data in the completed report. The calculated grade is included on each NOC wage page in the main report. The formula used for the error calculation is E=1.96 √((.25)/n).

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Data Grades (wage rates and vacancy results)

Classification Rating Margin of Error Percentage
Excellent A 0.0% - 4.9%
Good B 5.0% - 9.9%
Fair C 10.0% - 14.9%
Less Reliable D 15.0% - 31.0%
Insufficient Data to Report Greater than 31%



Occupations in the 2011 Saskatchewan Wage Survey are established by classifications established by the 2011 National Occupation Classification (NOC) system. Each occupation is reported at the unit group (four-digit) NOC level.


Industries in the 2011 Saskatchewan Wage Survey are established by classifications in the Canadian 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and grouped according to the industry categories in the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey.


Regional comparisons are provided for the City of Saskatoon, the City of Regina, and the rest of Saskatchewan. Based on the location of employers around Saskatoon or Regina, some employers were classified into Saskatoon and Regina Consolidated Metropolitan Areas (CMA). This CMA comparison was provided for Saskatoon CMA, Regina CMA, and the rest of Saskatchewan.


An employer is a private or public sector person or business that employs one or more persons for wage compensation. Employers with two or more employees were targeted for this survey during sample preparation.


An employee is a person who works for another person or business. Employees in the 2013 Wage Survey must be receiving a wage from an employer to be included.


A full-time employee is an employee who works an average of 30 hours per week or more, excluding overtime.


A part-time employee is an employee who works an average of less than 30 hours per week.


The hourly rate is gross earnings, including pay period commission, before deductions, excluding bonuses, vacation pay, tips, retroactive payments, overtime, shift differentials, and other special payments.


A journeyperson is a person who is working in a trade occupation and who holds a certification for this trade. Only a person working in the trade where a certification for his or her occupation was available as identified by the SATCC is counted as a journeyperson.


The private sector comprises all non-public employees, including self-employed owners of businesses (including unpaid family workers in those businesses) and self-employed persons without businesses.


The public sector is the public administration at the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, First Nations, and other Aboriginal levels as well as in Crown corporations, liquor control boards and other government institutions such as schools (including universities), hospitals, and public libraries.


A percentile is a measure used in statistics indicating the value below which a given percentage of observations in a group of observations fall. For example, if the 5th percentile hourly wage is $15.21 for a specific occupation, that means that 5 percent of the individuals within that occupation are paid $15.21 OR less.


Job vacancies include an absolute count (not full-time equivalents) of employees needed in positions that meet all three of the following conditions:
  • a specific position exists
  • work may commence within 30 days
  • the employer is seeking employees from outside of this organization to fill the position

Industry Categories

NAICS Codes Labour Force Survey Industry Title
0 All Industries
1 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
2 Mining and oil and gas extraction
3 Utilities
4 Construction
5 Manufacturing
6 Wholesale trade
7 Retail trade
8 Transportation and warehousing
9 Information and cultural industries
10 Finance and insurance
11 Real estate and rental and leasing
12 Professional, scientific and technical services
13 Management of companies and enterprises
14 Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
15 Educational services
16 Health care and social assistance
17 Arts, entertainment and recreation
18 Accommodation and food services
19 Other services (except public administration)
20 Public administration