One of the most popular “Retired Educator” posts on Internet search engines is an article I published at the end of May this year about teachers’ salaries. As such, I decided to check out the latest statistics at “payscale.com” — something I would recommend people do if they are thinking of a career in education. The last update was done recently, on November 14th, 2009 and here is some of what the site reports:
“Measuring the salary for teachers by province reveals that Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia are in a slightly higher position compared to the median salary for teachers in Ontario.
This might seem surprising given that Ontario is one of the largest provinces and is home to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Keep in mind, though, that the salary for teachers in Ontario and other provinces will be influenced by a number of factors.
For example, comparing the Salary for Teachers in Ontario by City shows that the median salary for teachers in Ottawa is around C$50,000, while the chart above shows that the median salary for teachers in Ontario overall is around C$48,000.
The city chart also reveals that the median salary for teachers in Ottawa is higher than in Toronto by almost C$4,000. This variation in the salary for teachers in Ontario is one example of why thorough salary research is so important; the more information you have, the better decisions you can make about your teaching career.
Regardless of location, teachers can expect to earn a range of salaries depending on their level of experience, employment setting and specific job title. The median salary for teachers in Ontario may be close to C$50,000, but beginning teachers will probably earn much less.
Looking at the Salary for Teachers by Years Experience shows that the starting salary for teachers in Canada is less than C$40,000, increasing to over C$68,000 after 20 years of experience.
Whether you’re researching the salary for teachers in Ontario, Quebec or another province, rest assured that teacher salaries can increase dramatically after just a few years of experience.”
So, while teachers are very well paid and have excellent health and pension benefits, most are not earning the huge salaries many think. However, are the wages better than average? Probably. Is the profession secure and inflation proof? Definitely.
Whatever the case, I am certain that prospective teachers will definitely find this “payscale.com” information useful.