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Understanding the Alberta Minimum Wage Guidelines


As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring compliance with the minimum wage requirements set out in the Employment Standards Code (ESC).

What is Minimum Wage?

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can legally pay its employees. In Alberta, the hourly minimum wage is the same for adults, youth, and liquor servers; however, there are separate weekly and monthly minimum wage rates for salespersons and domestic employees.

What is the Minimum Wage in Alberta?

The general minimum wage rate in Alberta is $15.00 per hour. It was increased from the previous rate of $13.60 per hour in October 2018. Minimum wages do not include expense money or tips. Salespersons (including car salespersons, land agents, architects and other professions), are entitled to a minimum wage of $598 per week. Domestic employees living in their employer’s home are entitled to a minimum wage of $2,848 per month.

Why did Alberta Increase the Minimum Wage?

Alberta increased minimum wage rates in 2018 to $15.00 per hour for a few reasons; the government hoped a higher wage would reduce poverty, lessen the burden on social support programs, improve the quality of life for Alberta workers, and improve employee satisfaction.

Minimum Wage and Employer Responsibility

Employers in Alberta are responsible for ensuring they are paying all employees a legal, fair wage. This includes following all requirements regarding hourly, weekly, and monthly minimum wage, as well as incentive-based pay or commission pay.  If you need help managing minimum wage payments for employees, please call our employer advice line at 1 (833) 247-3652.