Canadian Teacher Salary Rankings: Provinces and Territories

Today I came across this table provided by the British Columbia Teacher Federation Research department ( BCTF Research ). It has the ranking of the provinces and territories in Canada for the most recent negotiated contracts in the provinces. The results are similar to the ones I posted (Teacher Pay Scale Across Canada - Update for 2011), but it shows that I didn't pull my statistics out of the air... this is "research" done by a reputable federation.

The first table is minimum salary (zero years of teaching experience ) for category 5, which means 5 years of university education. The second table is the maximum salary (usually 10-12 years of teaching experience) for category 5 teachers.

The third and fourth tables are for category 6 teachers, which are the ones with at least 6 years of university education including in this some graduate work. The first of the two is for the minimum salary (no teaching experience) and the second is the maximum wage (between 10 - 12 years of teaching experience).

As you can see, the territories are at the top, then Alberta, followed by Ontario. The lowest salary is usually the one with the highest taxes: Quebec. Same result as in my previous post (Teacher Pay Scale Across Canada - Update for 2011).

What's up with that? The highest taxed provinces pay the lowest wages to the people they should be supporting the most - their public sector - shouldn't the taxes be going there in the first place? And the lowest taxed provinces / territories pay their public sector workers (teachers) the most. (By the way, I think it's the same with doctors and nurses...) I don't get it - we live in an upside down world.

Further Reading:

Inside Track: Getting Hired to Teach in a Canadian School

pay scale across Canada, ranking of salaries,
Submitted by bogusia on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 00:12

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Well it's sad to see we're the lowest paid canadian teachers. But THE difference is that except Montreal and Quebec city, a brand new house cost 150 000 to 200 000$, instead of 400 000$ and up in B.C.

But you can say that about any province...except for Calgary and Edmonton, you can get a brand new house for $150,000 to $200,000. It's just the cost of living in a big city - not much to do with the province we're in.

I live in Cranbrook, BC (hr. drive from Vancouver and 4hrs from Calgary) and you can only buy a 30 year old condo or apartment for 150 - 200K. A new house is pretty much 400K.

Perhaps if you spelled Canadian with a capital C you might be in line for a higher salary.

I refer you to the following post: Grammar Nazis

Ummmm You can not get a house that cheap in Montreal. Houses 20-30 Kilometers from the Island of Montreal go for about that price. and can go as high as 400,000 in some towns off of the Island.

Its really sad that the Canadian teachers are paid so less. Something should surely be done regarding this.

All provinces and all levels of teaching are tremendously overpaid. Keep in mind that this used to be a volunteer position and teachers didn't get paid a cent. However, I realize that times have changed and we need to pay these people. In my opinion, this profession only works part time. The private sector works an average of 48 weeks per year, and teachers about 35 weeks per year. Teachers are compensated very well for the work they do and have incredible benefits and job security. If it sounds like I am jealous, you are absolutely correct. If I could do it all over again then I would definately choose teaching as my career path. In most boards there is a minimum of 1 year wait list to get hired on full time, and in some boards that list is almost up to 4 years, so my question is... why are teachers constantly complaining about their jobs and compensation when they are lined up for miles to try and get in?? I think the federal goverment should step in, and deregulate the unions therby removing the CBA process. Pay teachers a flat rate of 35K per year with a 4% increase each year. Then raise the base rate 1.5% each year for inflation. Guess what, let's see who keeps teaching, and who doesn't..... It will the ones that truly want to be teaching that continue, and all the greedy lazy ones that just want job security and great pay for 35 weeks per year work can wil go some where else. whether or not you agree with my comments and opions, this is how people in the private sector view this profession. So if you want us to think better of you, than don't complain about your prep time and your wages and you working conditions and your outdoor monitoring and your being forced to take vacation at the same time every year and your job security and your pensions.... and maybe say thank-you to the tax paying democratic society that has entrusted you with this excellent and rewarding job.

I am not a teacher but how did you come up with 35 weeks of work per year?

8 weeks off for July and August
2 weeks off at Christmas
1 week off at March Break

That leaves 41 weeks of work unless you know something that I do not. How did you come up with 48 weeks of work in the private sector? I work 50 weeks per year so how do I get the additional 2 weeks off?

Please, PLEASE! go into teaching and tell us all how easy your job is and how overpaid you are! Also, citation needed on your claim that teaching used to be a volunteer position.

Thirdly, what is your problem with the existence of prep time? It must be done, and it must be done outside of school hours.

Fourthly, teachers have a university degree and are responsible for the future of society. Why do you propose their pay scale should be comparable with a manager at a McDonald's?

Not to mention that almost all have show up early, stay late, work through lunch, deal with numerous parents after hours, do home work etc. Not to even mention that it's pretty hit or miss if they'll even get a bathroom break most days..... AND they really do care about your kids! Top all that off with volunteering to run teams and clubs and the summer holiday hours they have get eaten up fairly quickly. No i'm not a teacher.

Is this your first day on this planet? Get a life if you don't have anything else to do rather than sitting there and judge how teachers do their jobs and how overly paid they are. If you have kids, volunteer in your own child's classroom and make sure the teacher understands that you are willing to do whatever that you can to help, just for ONE DAY, come out of it and tell us all how you feel then.

The problem with these short-sighted, judgemental people is that they never truly know what they are talking about but still want to show the whole world how "knowledgable" they are!

Cost of living is expensive for everyone in BC.
The truth is though that for 9 months/ year and stellar benefits, these salaries beat out pretty much everyone else working a job that is non-specialized or technical.

If you take into account the holidays, and compare this to a normal salary job, where we get 2-3 weeks vacation per year (and yes, we too need to work unpaid overtime) and the 48k minimum cat 5 salary is actually comparable to around 60k/year. Plus, crazy good benefits and a pension (seriously, who even dreams of that any more?)

I'm totally on board with teachers having a difficult job and an important one, but as with many union jobs, the workers get so caught up in bargaining that they forget that they have it better than the majority of private sector workers. Why is it so hard to get on with a school board in the lower mainland? Because it's a good job that people want to do, that many people are capable of doing that pays well.

Let's focus on rewarding teachers who do stunning work, rather than just paying people who already have it good even more.

Here, here!