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BCTF Research Report

Section I
2005-TS-02

B.C. teachers’ salaries as of June 30, 2004:
endrate minima and maxima

By Anne Field
BCTF Research Department

This report provides current minimum, maximum, and average salaries for B.C. teachers, as well as details regarding number of steps to maximum, and a description of Teacher Qualification Service salary categories.

The 2001–04 provincial collective agreement expired June 30, 2004, but continues in effect until a new agreement is reached.

© British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, 2005. All rights reserved.

Table 1 displays the endrate minimum and maximum salaries for teachers in salary categories 4 and 5, and 6 or 6M (whichever is higher), for each school district as of June 30, 2004. Rankings are also included for each category. Each mean is an unweighted average.

Table 1: Endrate Salary Min and Max (June 30, 2004), provincial averages, and rankings

    Cat 4 Cat 5 Cat 6 or 6M
Count 60   60   60   60   60   60  
Mean $37,907.55   $56,730.18   $41,669.63   $64,489.37   $45,580.82   $70,741.37  
Median $37,467.09   $56,211.73   $41,155.23   $64,085.27   $44,997.05   $70,314.00  
SD District Min Rank Max Rank Min Rank Max Rank Min Rank Max Rank
5 Southeast Kootenay 38,280 22 55,749 44 43,627 11 64,318 20 48,150 8 72,090 9
6 Rocky Mountain 38,329 21 55,276 59 43,352 14 63,566 44 46,661 18 69,341 54
8 Kootenay Lake 38,049 25 57,246 17 42,182 22 65,202 13 46,308 21 71,538 14
10 Arrow Lakes 40,308 9 57,309 16 44,734 5 65,904 9 49,108 5 72,309 7
19 Revelstoke 37,301 34 55,994 32 41,429 29 64,107 27 45,043 30 70,383 29
20 Kootenay-Columbia 38,141 23 57,356 14 42,380 21 65,973 8 46,626 19 71,513 15
22 Vernon 37,713 29 55,352 57 41,562 26 63,075 57 45,724 27 69,123 59
23 Central Okanagan 35,775 54 55,405 56 39,425 51 63,075 58 43,409 51 69,160 56
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 36,643 40 56,252 30 40,950 33 63,987 35 45,205 29 70,093 38
28 Quesnel 38,879 17 56,528 20 42,715 18 64,255 22 46,779 17 70,329 30
33 Chilliwack 36,199 47 55,614 51 39,254 53 63,721 41 43,358 52 69,889 42
34 Abbotsford 36,493 43 55,980 34 40,262 40 64,102 28 43,749 44 70,156 34
35 Langley 36,078 50 55,635 48 39,829 46 63,343 53 43,581 46 69,559 51
36 Surrey 35,768 55 55,689 45 38,862 56 63,469 49 42,997 56 70,156 35
37 Delta 35,256 60 55,496 54 38,432 59 63,159 56 42,307 59 70,153 36
38 Richmond 37,467 30 55,624 50 41,168 30 63,482 47 48,559 7 73,468 5
39 Vancouver 38,894 16 55,958 36 42,707 19 63,737 40 46,917 16 70,397 28
40 New Westminster 35,324 57 56,480 21 38,811 57 64,694 18 42,800 57 71,462 17
41 Burnaby 35,316 58 56,326 26 38,480 58 64,308 21 42,582 58 70,885 21
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 35,767 56 55,310 58 39,126 55 63,479 48 43,001 55 69,594 50
43 Coquitlam 35,916 51 55,449 55 39,312 52 63,306 54 43,310 54 69,857 44
44 North Vancouver 36,155 48 56,703 18 39,240 54 64,752 17 43,551 48 71,631 12
45 West Vancouver 35,262 59 55,152 60 38,420 60 62,730 60 42,206 60 69,136 57
46 Sunshine Coast 36,821 38 55,990 33 40,704 35 63,944 36 44,420 37 70,147 37
47 Powell River 39,290 13 55,838 39 43,455 13 63,674 42 47,302 14 69,661 48
48 Howe Sound 37,714 28 55,806 41 41,445 28 64,146 25 46,151 23 70,475 26
49 Central Coast 41,883 4 60,510 2 47,573 2 68,236 2 51,298 2 74,247 2
50 Haida Gwai'a/Queen Charlotte 42,347 3 59,555 6 45,946 4 67,197 5 49,564 4 72,718 6
51 Boundary 37,776 27 56,415 22 41,702 25 64,869 15 45,627 28 71,513 16
52 Prince Rupert 40,460 8 57,722 12 44,197 9 65,230 12 47,758 11 71,608 13
53 Okanagan Similkameen 36,146 49 55,966 35 39,838 45 63,785 39 43,860 43 69,864 43
54 Bulkley Valley 37,134 35 57,326 15 40,904 34 64,865 16 44,293 39 70,682 24
57 Prince George 36,520 42 56,349 25 40,173 41 64,165 24 44,459 36 70,299 31
58 Nicola-Similkameen 40,110 10 56,283 27 44,533 6 64,072 32 48,729 6 69,735 46
59 Peace River South 40,517 6 58,294 9 44,201 8 65,516 10 47,885 10 70,547 25
60 Peace River North 39,443 12 58,514 8 43,511 12 65,390 11 47,959 9 71,836 10
61 Greater Victoria 39,473 11 58,017 11 43,189 15 64,088 30 47,674 12 70,801 22
62 Sooke 36,928 36 55,879 38 40,673 36 63,490 46 44,287 40 69,671 47
63 Saanich 38,508 18 55,895 37 42,093 24 63,417 50 45,793 26 69,980 40
64 Gulf Islands 36,266 46 55,764 43 39,709 47 63,357 51 43,320 53 69,512 52
67 Okanagan Skaha 36,349 44 56,269 28 39,912 43 63,903 37 43,939 42 69,976 41
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 38,352 19 56,394 24 41,545 27 64,196 23 44,951 31 70,737 23
69 Qualicum 36,535 41 55,815 40 40,116 42 63,546 45 43,705 45 69,285 55
70 Alberni 37,445 32 56,575 19 40,625 38 64,125 26 44,494 34 70,944 20
71 Comox Valley 35,831 53 55,631 49 39,526 50 63,275 55 43,490 50 68,636 60
72 Campbell River 36,910 37 56,260 29 40,582 39 64,099 29 44,414 38 70,244 33
73 Kamloops/Thompson 42,451 2 55,688 46 46,932 3 63,662 43 50,587 3 69,755 45
74 Gold Trail 38,061 24 55,552 53 42,124 23 63,019 59 46,045 24 69,132 58
75 Mission 36,267 45 55,670 47 39,611 48 63,812 38 43,549 49 70,055 39
78 Fraser-Cascade 36,803 39 55,803 42 39,869 44 64,449 19 44,159 41 71,129 18
79 Cowichan Valley 37,310 33 56,171 31 41,142 31 64,045 33 44,597 32 70,257 32
81 Fort Nelson 41,123 5 59,573 5 44,361 7 67,164 6 46,950 15 71,825 11
82 Coast Mountains 37,467 31 57,453 13 41,128 32 65,029 14 44,529 33 71,038 19
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 35,908 52 55,602 52 39,580 49 63,346 52 43,572 47 69,417 53
84 Vancouver Island West 39,129 14 56,414 23 42,875 17 63,997 34 45,868 25 69,646 49
85 Vancouver Island North 39,008 15 58,908 7 43,069 16 66,675 7 46,307 22 72,278 8
87 Stikine 46,146 1 64,369 1 49,696 1 70,471 1 53,059 1 76,918 1
91 Nechako Lakes 38,334 20 59,842 3 42,699 20 68,052 3 46,465 20 73,630 3
92 Nisga'a 40,478 7 59,621 4 44,040 10 67,233 4 47,372 13 73,598 4
93 Conseil Scolaire Francophone 37,896 26 58,195 10 40,642 37 64,083 31 44,486 35 70,464 27
                           
Provincialaverage $37,907.55   $56,730.18   $41,669.63   $64,489.37   $45,580.82   $70,741.37  

Steps to maximum

Table 2 sets out the number of steps required to reach salary maximum. 2005ts02 table2

TEACHER QUALIFICATION SERVICE (TQS) SALARY CATEGORIES
There are six TQS categories. Each category is determined on the basis of programs completed after meeting the university entrance requirement (Grade 12) in British Columbia or its equivalent (at the date of first certification in this province), and on the requirements set out below:

Category 1
This level is no longer granted.

Category 2
The requirements for this category are one of:
a) An acceptable program of at least two years of post-secondary academic and professional training; or,
b) A demonstrated record of knowledge, skills and experience (in an area not generally taught in a university setting) that qualifies an individual for a teaching certificate in a specialized field of teaching in the public school system.

Category 3
The requirement for this category is an acceptable three-year program of post-secondary academic and professional training, including an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation.

Category 4
The requirements for this category are one of:
a) An acceptable four-year B.Ed. degree or an acceptable three-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation or an acceptable one-year B.Ed. degree; or,
b) An acceptable three-year diploma program containing academic and professional preparation followed by an acceptable degree; or,
c) Fourth-year standing in an acceptable five-year B.Ed. program, or the completion of an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation and third-year standing in an acceptable four-year baccalaureate degree program.

Category 5
The requirements for this category are one or more acceptable programs totalling five or more years of academic and professional studies.
The requirements may be met with one of:
a) An acceptable five-year B.Ed. degree or an acceptable four-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation; or,
b) An acceptable four-year B.Ed. degree plus either an acceptable graduate degree or an acceptable
Integrated Program (note Regulation 4.05); or,
c) An acceptable three-year baccalaureate degree plus either an acceptable professional year of teacher
  training or an acceptable one-year B.Ed. and either an acceptable Integrated Program (note Regulation 4.05) or another acceptable degree; or,
d) An acceptable three-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable two-year B.Ed; or,
e) A program of five or more years of study which contains not less than 150 acceptable semester credits (or their equivalent) including an acceptable degree and an acceptable professional year, and which meets the requirement for Professional Certification by the British Columbia College of Teachers (see Transition Rule 6.00).

Category 6

The requirements for this category are two or more acceptable programs that total six or more years of academic and professional studies, and include an acceptable graduate degree.
The requirements may be met with one of:
a) An acceptable five-year B.Ed. degree or an acceptable four-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation followed by an acceptable graduate degree; or,
b) An acceptable four-year B.Ed. degree followed by an acceptable Integrated Program (note Regulation 4.05) and an acceptable graduate degree or an acceptable graduate degree and another acceptable degree, or,
c) An acceptable three-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable professional year of teacher preparation followed by an acceptable Integrated Program (note Regulation 4.05) and an acceptable graduate degree or an acceptable graduate degree and another acceptable degree; or,
d) An acceptable three-year baccalaureate degree plus an acceptable two-year B.Ed. and an acceptable graduate degree; or,
e) A program of five or more years of study which contains not less than 150 acceptable semester credits (or their equivalent) including an acceptable degree and an acceptable professional year, and which meets the requirement for Professional Certification by the British Columbia College of Teachers (see Transition Rule 6.00), plus an acceptable graduate degree. Source: TQS Category Requirements, accessed at tqs.bc.ca on December 15, 2004.

Teacher certification and salary categorization

Certification: The B.C. College of Teachers, established under the authority of the Teaching Profession Act, has the sole authority to issue teaching certificates.

The college issues two general certificates—a standard certificate and a professional certificate. In special circumstances the college may also issue a teaching licence, an instructor’s diploma, or a letter of permission.

Inquiries about certification should be addressed to: Registrar, British Columbia College of Teachers, #405-1385 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3V9. Telephone 604-731-8170. Web site: bcct.bc.ca.

Salary Categorization: Evaluation of a teacher’s academic and professional preparation is carried out by the Teacher Qualification Service, an agency operated jointly by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. School Trustees’ Association.

Inquiries regarding salary categorization should be directed to the Teacher Qualification Service, #106-1525 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1T5. Telephone 604-736-5484. Web site: tqs.bc.ca.

Salary schedules were established at the school district level by negotiation between the local school board and local teachers’ association, although since 1996, teachers’ salary increases have been negotiated provincially. In some districts, local negotiations resulted in two variations of payment for Category 4 and two for Category 6, as well as recognition for salary purposes of certain types of additional training or experience. The local salary agreement must be examined to determine the criteria or conditions that apply in these cases.

More information

The Research Department electronic database files contain complete district salary information back to 1987/88 and major scale minima and maxima for a longer period. This information is available to BCTF staff, table officers, local presidents, and committee members.
Previous information has been published in the following Information Handbook research reports: 93-TS-03, 94-TS-01, 95-TS-06, 98-TS-02, and 2001-TS-01. These can be found on the world wide web at bctf.ca/researchreports#salaries.
The “New teachers” home page, at bctf.ca/NewTeachers/ and the “Attracting, recruiting, and retaining the best teachers” home page, at bctf.ca/education/recruiting/, provide comprehensive information on teaching careers in British Columbia.

Sources

Teacher collective agreements, BCTF Research Department, and Collective Agreement and Protective Services Division; Teacher Qualification Service Regulations: tqs.bc.ca/

RT06-0007
June 2006