Median entry wage for immigrants reached record level in 2018

February 11, 2021

By CIC News |

The median entry wage for new immigrants admitted to Canada was the highest it had ever been in 2018, according to a Statistics Canada report released Feb. 1.

Immigrants were seeing a steady rise in median entry wages, after the 2018 record smashed the previous top entry wages of 2017. Immigrants reported a median entry wage of $30,100 in 2018 after coming to Canada just one year before. The previous record was $26,500 in 2017 for immigrants who landed in 2016.

Although the gap between immigrant and Canadian median wages declined, the median entry wage for Canadians was still higher at $37,400 in 2018. Median entry wages were highest for those with both a study and work permit ($44,000) and those with a work permit only ($39,100). Both of these groups surpassed Canadians in median entry wages.

Certain socioeconomic characteristics determined higher wages for immigrants such as high language proficiency in English or French, professional experience prior to immigration, and category of admission among other factors.

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