BC teachers at low end of average salary scale, according to Stats Canada figures

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As the dispute heats up between the B.C. Teachers Federation and the provincial government, talk about teacher’s pay is front and centre. Earlier today in an interview with our sister station 99.3 FM The Fox, Premier Christy Clark suggested B.C. teachers only think about money.

So what does the average B.C. teacher make compared to their counterparts across Canada?

According to Stats Canada:

  • Average starting salary for a teacher Canada is $44,861.
  • Average starting salary for a B.C. teacher  is $41,963.
  • Average top of scale starting salary in Canada  is $71,608.
  • Average top of scale starting salary for a B.C. teacher is $64,131.



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  1. Every day, people leave their homes and go somewhere else to work in a better,higher paying job. Where I live, on Vancouver Island, thousands of people fly out to work in the north, leaving their family, friends, etc. So, the teachers think they can get a better deal elsewhere. Well, do what other people do-go. And the bonus is-we have lots of people who have trained to be teachers and can’t find work-so we have a built in work force to replace them. Win win-the unhappy teacher in BC get the good deal in another province, and the unemployed teacher grads here get a chance.

    Tax rates are also an issue. A teacher working in BC making $64K, would net about $48K (just considering statutory deductions). In Sask, the same person making $73K would net just over $52K. So, the big difference of $9K is cut almost in half. In Manitoba, the person making almost $77K would net under $54K. Of course, this is just too sophisticated for the media to work their way through.

  2. The BCTF has a pension plan is much better than a number of the other provinces. More of the payments are paid by the taxpayers and the payouts are higher. That needs to be taken into account. You can’t pick the best from all the other contracts and say that’s what the BCTF should get.

  3. Thank you to CKNW for posting the real numbers.

    Cost of living in Canada is highest in Vancouver, yet teachers earn the least here.

    Along with the salary figures, the per-student funding is one of the lowest if not the lowest.

    Others posting here would like to “bend the truth” but numbers don’t lie.

  4. One cannot just “cherry pick” from the other Provinces Agreements. One must look at the total package, then make an assessment. You cannot look at just wages.
    Given that, would the B.C. Teachers accept the total Alberta Agreement, like the competency
    reviews, none or less prep time, and on and on.