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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 2, October 2005

B.C. teachers are falling behind

To keep pace with rising inflation teachers would have needed a 2% salary increase last year, 2% this year and an estimated 2.9% for 2006.

In terms of current dollars, a teacher starting out in Vancouver this September will earn approximately $5,600 less than a teacher starting out in Edmonton. For a teacher with more than a decade of teaching experience the gap between Vancouver and Edmonton grows to over $11,200.

If teachers receive the cost-of-living and market adjustments proposed (15% over three years), the gap will be substantially reduced but not eliminated except for the first year of teaching—new teachers would earn $93 more than their counterparts in Edmonton for their first year. However, experienced teachers will still be $2,700 behind.

Vancouver teachers’ salaries compared to Edmonton teachers’ salaries

If B.C. teachers receive a zero increase:

  Starting 12 years
  salary experience
Vancouver (2005) $ 42,707 $ 63,737
Edmonton (2005) 48,374 75,014
Difference —5,667 —11,277
Vancouver (2006) $ 42,707 $ 63,737
Edmonton (2006) 49,341 76,514
Difference —6,634 —12,777

If B.C. teachers receive a cost-of-living and market adjustment:

  Starting 12 years
  salary experience
Vancouver (2006) $ 49,434 $ 73,777
Edmonton (2006) 49,341 76,514
Difference 93 —2,737

— Colleen Hawkey, BCTF Research



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