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Teacher Pay Scale Across Canada
I couldn't believe it. I was in shock when I actually looked it up. This last year, I was making $30,000 less in Quebec than if I was working as a teacher in Alberta. I used to live in Alberta, and therefore I can't believe that I am worth so much less, just by living a few provinces down; and this doesn't even include the huge taxes that are taken off here in Quebec as opposed to Alberta.
Previously, I wrote a post about salaries in Canada and how they compare to test scores. Higher Teacher Salary = Better Education. In that post I was stunned at how correlated those two values were. But it seemed like the pay scale were somewhat comparable (plus or minus a 5 thousand dollars). But I was comparing statistics from 2001. Not now! Just a few years later and now there's a HUGE difference in the salaries.
Since it was not so easy for me to look up the most recent salary grids for all the provinces (a lot of clever internet searching, including emailing some schools for first hand information), I thought I would post all the provinces' teaching salary scales here (as a comparison), for future reference, for myself and anybody else that wants to know.
Just a few guidlines:
In most provinces, the salary is not the same in all cities / districts, but within 10% of each other. I'll therefore take a sample of a city I wouldn't mind living in (usually smaller cities can't attract as many teachers, so they pay more than the big cities). Also, the salaries usually depend on the amount of years of university/college, and years of teaching experience. I will use my university years (6 years - 4 yrs undergrad, 2 yrs ed. after-degree) and teaching experience (8 years) as an example. If you want to check for yourself, I give links to the actual sites from which I got the information, thus you can check the salary for you specifically.
|British Columbia (Vancouver Island)||$72,242||2008||Vancouver Island North Payscale|
|Alberta (Calgary)||$74,299||2007||Collective agreement - ATA|
|Saskatchewan||$67,293||2007||Collective Agreement - STF|
|Manitoba (Winnipeg)||$74,317||2008||Collective Bargaining - MTS|
|Ontario (Toronto)||$75,688||2007||Collective Agreement - OSSTF|
|Quebec||$46,341||2007||Collective Agreement - QPAT|
|New Brunswick||$57,126||2008||None - negotiations under way.|
|Nova Scotia (Halifax)||$67,277||2007||Collective Agreement - NSTU|
|Newfoundland||$61,899||2007||Collective Agreement -NLTA|
I's not only Alberta! Most provinces are on par with Alberta. It's Quebec - as if it was in Medieval times. What is up with that? This can't last long. If in Ontario and New Brunswick (the two neighbouring provinces) are $10,000 to $30,000 higher than here in Quebec, there is no way Quebec will not have to catch up with the salary - It's risking a major shortage of teachers in the next few years. Next year, I'm looking for a job in Ontario (I'm only a half hour away... I might as well move that half hour away, to save on taxes also). I cannot believe Quebec... where are these enormous taxes going to? - not the teachers, that's for sure!
Updated version of this comparison for 2011:Teacher Pay Scale Across Canada - Update for 2011
Other Teacher Salary Rankings: Canadian Teacher Salary Rankings of Provinces and Territories: prepared by the BC Teacher Federation Research
Also see: Are Teachers Worth the Money?