As of October 1, 2021, Saskatchewan minimum wage is $11.81 per hour following 13th increase to the minimum wage, for a total increase of over 48% since 2007.
The minimum amount Saskatchewan worker earn per hour was last revised on 1st of October this year. It should sound like good news, but to some people, it isn’t especially since workers in Ontario, BC and Alberta earn way more.
Depending on where you live in Saskatchewan, bigger SK cities like Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Estevan and Switftcurrent have jobs that are likely to pay above the minimum wage.
Read on to know more about Saskatchewan’s Minimum Wage and average salary of popular jobs, those qualified for it, and its adverse economic effect.
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Saskatchewan Minimum Wage
Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is calculated using an indexation formula. All provincially-regulated employers are required by law to pay at least $11.81 per hour. SK minimum wage compares closely to it’s neighbor, the province of Manitoba at $11.95/hr.
The minimum wage is a tool to help low-income earners and address the issue of poverty. Hence, it is revised every year and changes are being announced on the 30th of June.
For the year 2021, the minimum wage was revised to 11.81 from $11.45 which was obtainable in 2020. The new wage rate becomes effective from the 1st of October.
Spoiler alert: Not every occupation is qualified to be paid by the minimum wage standard.
Occupations exempted from Sk minimum wage
While some employers are already paying their workers more than the minimum wage, others may not be able to afford to pay such a rate per hour to their workers.
Below are some of the occupations exempted from using the minimum wage:
- Caregivers employed in private homes.
- Athletes who are engaged in their athletic endeavors.
- Babysitters (of sporadic or temporary nature).
- Farming, ranching, or market garden laborers.
- People with physical or mental disabilities who are working for a non-profit organization in therapeutical, rehabilitative, or educational programs.
- Non-profit organization volunteers.
So, if you are into any of the above-mentioned occupations, or are intending to work in those areas in Saskatchewan, it’s good to note that the payment won’t be according to the minimum wage standard, so you know what to expect.
Also, while the minimum wage is favorable to some people, it hurts others. Here’s why?
Down-side of Saskatchewan Minimum Wage
Most Saskatchewan Minimum Wage earners are between the ages of 15 to 24. Research has shown that an increase in the minimum wage rate leads to a proportionate decrease in the number of youths employed.
This is because as minimum wage increases, most employers will rather choose to hire experienced adults to work for them than hire inexperienced youths at that rate.
However, if you are a regular salary earner, below is a list of the average salary of popular jobs in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Minimum Wage – low, median and high salaries
The table below compares how much workers could make in different occupations in the province of Saskatchewan as at October 5, 2021.
Check out Wage levels for all occupations in Saskatchewan. Compare how much you could make in different jobs/occupations in Saskatchewan.
|National Occupation Class (NOC)/ Salary per hour||Low||Median||High|
|Senior government managers and officials (0012)||17.54||38.46||81.25|
|Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services (0013)||32||57.44||86.05|
|Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations (0014)||26.57||47.08||101.39|
|Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)||12.96||36.96||124.16|
We hope this article was helpful to your decision-making process as you set out to work in Saskatchewan, Canada.