How much do city staff earn?

Pay details for municipal gigs, from custodians to Calgary’s elephant keeper


 

We scoured collective agreements from municipalities across the country to find what everyone from a tree pruner and meter-reader to a Zamboni driver and city bug expert is earning. The salaries, which don’t include overtime or perks, reflect the highest pay grade for workers with the most seniority and are calculated to show an annual rate.

CITY OF VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION
Rink attendant: $43,630
Head cashier, gift shop: $49,222
Cook-grill worker: $45,448
Golf course attendant: $43,630

CITY OF BURNABY, B.C.
Park ranger: $51,272
First aid attendant: $53,580
Sign maker: $70,616
Tree pruner: $53,308
Crossing guard: $39.39 per school day or $7,756 a year

CITY OF MOOSE JAW, SASK.
Meter installer: $44,136
Taxation officer: $48,132
Parks gardener: $49,992

CITY OF REGINA
Property assessor: $66,312
Cemetery officer: $45,587
Bylaw officer: $62,362

CITY OF EDMONTON
Animal health technologist: $64,000
Arborist: $61,600
Recycling depot attendant: $41,473
Lead custodial worker: $57,460

CITY OF CALGARY
Custodial worker: $47,229
Gardener: $58,149
Interior plantscape butterfly attendant: $54,834
Parking meter service worker: $51,363
Parks pruner: $49,744
Tropical plant specialist: $57,383
Elephant keeper: $60,524

CITY OF HAMILTON
Parking enforcement supervisor: $64,114
Horticultural supervisor: $64,660
Golf course foreman: $67,036
Tire repairer/installer (transit): $48,945
Transit operator: $56,335

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY FOOD SERVICES, KINGSTON, ONT.
Short-order cook: $38,459
Salad maker: $39,707

CITY OF OTTAWA
Hairdresser: $45,902
Ice resurface operator: $57,909
311 contact centre agent: $56,447
Sewer inspector: $63,638

CITY OF MONTREAL
Translator: $75,886
Planetarium programming coordinator: $75,886
Entomologist: $85,110
Head landscape architect: $100,806

CITY OF WESTMOUNT, QUE.
Gardener: $52,956
Painter: $53,925
Plumber: $56,849
Carpenter-cabinetmaker: $57,877

NEW BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL WORKERS
Mailroom clerk: $32,976
Laundry services worker: $34,229
Cook: $46,129
Hairstylist: $39,736
Morgue attendant: $42,814
Paramedic: $47,2882
Orderly: $44,441
Upholsterer: $37,736

NEWFOUNDLAND
Ferry captain: $90,111
Clinical dietician: $84,610
Clinical pharmacist: $87,711
Speech language pathologist: $97,887

Read more from the Maclean’s Who Earns What issue here.


 
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How much do city staff earn?

  1. Burnaby sure has some expensive signs. Next time I’m there I’ll have to remember to show them the appreciation they so deserve.

    • ???

    • Yep, they should be contracting it out.

  2. This article is pretty useless. I though we would get a comparison of the positions across all the provinces. Not just a bunch of random figures..

  3. Why leave out Winnipeg? 700,000 people aren’t enough to warrant a mention?

    • Not sure what the message was, but this is a politicized article for sure. CBC quality at best. (and yes, I know I am posting on Macleans)

  4. Take the City of Montreal, no wonder they need provincial welfare. Lots of over paid pork.

    But it isn’t just the wages, it poor productivity and many of the things they do are redundant or wasteful. Take Montreal or Newfoundland, those jobs could be outsourced and term assigned as needed. Why hook the taxpayers for bloated pensions and union wages?

    So if this about use feeling sorry for a grossly underpaid Burnaby crossing guard, sorry, lets talk serior administrator and mayour salaries and expenses and get all the data. Lets get 100% budget transparency….

  5. Actually, sign making is not as simple as you think. Understanding the context of where something is going, sizing appropriately, designing for line of sight, how to design for the materials that are to be used, etc. Plus, post-secondary education is required in graphic design along with experience. Also, I’m willing to bet that that pay scale is for the top-end for those that have 10 years experience or more in the step/pay-scales. It is deceiving what they’re posting for public sector staff employees. Not only are they posting the top end of the scale, but they’re pro-rating an hourly wage to a 40 hour week, and most of those positions are seasonal and/or part-time. So, it really isn’t accurate by any means. Also, the Rink Attendants, pool personnel, etc. require first aid, and other post-secondary education (diploma or degree is preferred) in recreation and/or sports is generally required.
    It would be nice if this article was more accurate in its portrayal of public sector employees. But, it’s MacLean’s – ’nuff said.