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What are you earning? Salaries at Canadian universities

Annual report from Statistics Canada is always an interesting read – i.e., I wonder what my colleagues at other institutions are getting paid?


The annual (although preliminary) report on the salaries and salary scales of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities for 2008-09 was released this morning by Statistics Canada. The report does not record the change in salaries over time, but rather presents a snapshot of current earnings as of October 1 of last year. It is always an interesting document to peruse – i.e., I wonder what my colleagues at other institutions are earning?

The data are drawn from the University and College Academic Staff Survey (UCASS), conducted since 1946.

This report presents information on the salaries of full-time teaching staff at 27 Canadian universities – none from Quebec, for some reason – along with information on salary scales for the 2008-2009 academic year.

So, for example, moving East to West and picking institutions at random: a lecturer at Memorial University can expect to earn from $51,400 to $59,800; an assistant professor at Trent University, $74,700 to $105,900; an associate professor at University of Manitoba, $69,500 to $103,200; and a full professor at Simon Fraser University, a minimum of $91,000 and no maximum. (While some universities impose a maximum to the salary range for each rank, others have an open-ended scale).

Go ahead, take a look at the report. You know you’re interested …

Léo Charbonneau

Léo Charbonneau has been the deputy editor of University Affairs since 2003. He started the Margin Notes blog in 2009 and it has gone on to win several awards, including Best Blog at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

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  1. Helen Mountfort / June 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

    What is the current rate of pay?

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