Canadian academic salaries top world -

Canadian academic salaries top world

China comes last in limited sample, no word on the variance statistics.


In a survey of academic salaries in 15 countries around the world, Canada came out on top, with an average monthly salary of $4,856 per month (in PPP dollars), and China came last with a monthly salary of $1,182. 

No wonder we’re importing professors from Asia. Link; hat tip.That being said, I bet the variance in American academic salaries is much larger, since private American institutions have the ability to chase after the elite profs at far higher salary levels than average. Here’s a dated example. There have been rumours that select profs are starting to approach the seven figure mark in salary, while those toiling at low-ranked public American colleges can likely expect less than their Canadian counterparts.

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Canadian academic salaries top world

  1. You may be on to something discussing salary spread.

    However, before we pat ourselves on the back in Canada, one must note this study found: “South Africa came out just behind the United States and Canada as the country with the third-largest spread from entry- to top-level salaries.”

    This should not be surprising when we have sessionals making salaries in the teen’s and high-flying business profs making over $300,000.

  2. Joey touches on another detail that’s masked in this data. The huge variance in wages based on department and the tenure-track/temporary divide.

    Given the possibility of some high end salaries skewing the data, I wonder if the median salary is lower and by how much.