Can we agree that a raise is an increase in a salary? Below is the 2010 Vancouver school district salary grid. The only requirement to move steps is ~1900hrs of work, therefore every "year" teachers at a step less than 10, get a raise, which in most cases is ~4%. Category shifts come from specialization and additional education.. They can move to Cat6 for completing a Master's degree for example, no other requirement.
Now I agree that the low end of the scale could maybe use a bit of a bump, but at the top end, making $80k+ and a pension that will pay out [HTML_REMOVED]50k/year (today's $ at current grid levels, presumably this will increase at some point in the future) at 60? (degree+2yrs+35yr service) This doesn't seem as horrid as people make it out to be…
School District No. 39 Vancouver
Teachers' Salary Grid
July 1, 2010
Prov Cat 5+ TQS 6
Step Cat 4 Cat 5 Cat 6/PA Cat 6/M
0 $ 43,790 $ 48,083 $ 52,019 $ 52,823
1 $ 45,981 $ 50,494 $ 54,663 $ 55,467
2 $ 48,172 $ 52,904 $ 57,307 $ 58,111
3 $ 50,363 $ 55,315 $ 59,950 $ 60,754
4 $ 52,554 $ 57,725 $ 62,594 $ 63,398
5 $ 54,745 $ 60,135 $ 65,237 $ 66,041
6 $ 56,935 $ 62,546 $ 67,881 $ 68,685
7 $ 59,126 $ 64,956 $ 70,525 $ 71,328
8 $ 61,317 $ 67,367 $ 73,168 $ 73,972
9 $ 65,414 $ 69,777 $ 75,812 $ 76,616
10 $ 74, 5 353 $ 80, 417 $ 81,
After five years of university training, BC teachers begin with a wage in the mid $40's, if they are full time. Many teachers only get part time work for the first 3-5 years of their career. It takes ten years of full time work to reach the maximum salary, which is about $75,000 for most teachers. BC teachers rank near the bottom in Canada compared to teachers in other provinces. A teacher at the top of the salary scale in BC earns on average $20,000 less than a comparably experienced teacher in Alberta and $15,000 less than one in Ontario. Yet BC has the highest cost of living and the highest housing prices in the country.
The key point here is part-time. Try as they might, many very good teachers cannot get full time work. My girlfriend was slated for a 0.5 school year. With her 2 years cumulative of experience, over 3 years of teaching, and being a cat 5, she gets half of the $52,904 salary. So she only makes $26,453. That's a nice paycheck when she needs to pay off a 4 year BSc and a $20,000, 1 year education program. Also if she's really unlucky, her 2 blocks are scheduled first thing in the AM and last thing in the PM, not leaving her with much choice on working somewhere else part time. There are opportunities to get called in during the spare time, but this is inconsistent at best.
Don't forget that a nice chunk of money gets taken from her pay every time for union dues, and the benefits teachers enjoy are not free either. Those deductions are staggering.