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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 7, May/June 2006

Salary comparisons

BC nurses highest paid in Canada
BC nurses ratified a new four-year agreement with wage increases of almost 15%, plus 2% for specific areas including: a market adjustment, areas of staff shortages, shift premiums, and a $3,150 signing bonus. Starting salary for nurses as of April 1, 2006, is $49,344 reaching a maximum after 9 years of $78,120. By 2009 nurses will start at $54,552 and max at $86,364. The new agreement makes BC nurses the highest paid in Canada.

BC administrators highest paid in Canada
School administrators in B.C. are the highest paid in Canada, according to a cross-Canada survey carried out by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. Not only do BC administrators make more money than administrators in other provinces, but the gap between teacher and administrator salaries in BC is the highest in the country as well.

Maximum principals’ salaries range from $79,110 in Prince Edward Island to $114,776 in Vancouver Secondary. As a percentage of the top teachers’ salaries, administrators’ compensation ranged from a low of 116% in the Northwest Territories to a high of 163% in Vancouver Secondary.

BC teachers rank eighth in Canada
However, BC teachers at Category 5, max, rank eighth in Canada after colleagues in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

We are already 18% behind teachers in Edmonton. Without an increase, teachers in BC will be about 25% behind teachers in Toronto by August 2008.

We have put an opening position on the table of 24% over three years. At press time, the employer was offering 8% over four years.

The bargaining team is at the table negotiating a fair settlement for BC’s teachers.

– Peter Owens

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