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Table 1
Median earnings, in 2005 constant dollars, of full-time full-year earners1 by quintile, Canada, 1980 to 2005
Quintile Year Change
1980 1990 2000 2005 1980 to 2005 2000 to 2005
2005 constant dollars percentage

Note:

  1. Full-time full-year earners worked 49 to 52 weeks during the year preceding the census, mainly full time (i.e., 30 hours or more per week). Individuals with self-employment income are included. Those living in institutions are excluded.

Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2006.

Bottom 20% 19,367 16,345 15,861 15,375 -20.6 -3.1
Middle 20% 41,348 40,778 40,433 41,401 0.1 2.4
Top 20% 74,084 76,616 81,224 86,253 16.4 6.2