This is how much your professors make

Professor salaries didn’t grow much last year


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Statistics Canada has released their annual professor salary report. Across 29 universities, average salaries for full-time teaching staff grew 2.5 per cent, from $113,148 in 2010 to $116,024 in 2011. Prices also rose 2.7 per cent for the 12 months ending in July, so it’s not much of a gain.

But women did make gains. The report shows a 1.3 per cent rise in the share of women teachers, compared to a 0.3 per cent rise the year before. Still, men account for 62.4 per cent of staff.

Here is the median pay for associate professors.*

York — 123,959
Guelph — 123,142
McMaster — 117,750
Calgary — 116,092
Ottawa — 115,565
Windsor — 115,339
Brock — 115,062
Trent — 114,333
Athabasca — 112,517
UBC — 111,449
Memorial — 108,686
UOIT — 108,345
RMC — 108,150
Lethbridge — 107,387
SFU — 106,817
Dalhousie — 106,498
Mount Royal — 104,014
Moncton — 101,320
UPEI — 99,250
Nipissing — 99,115
Manitoba — 98,996
Brandon — 95,220
OCAD — 94,852
Saint Mary’s — 94,070
St. Thomas — 92,816
Capilano — 84,896
Cape Breton — 84,768
UFV — 83,231
VIU — 82,946

*Associate professors are often tenure-tracked. They have secure full-time jobs, but haven’t fulfilled the requirements of Full Professor. For a full explanation, read this post by Professor Todd Pettigrew.


This is how much your professors make

  1. An article like this inculcates the perception that all university teachers are rolling in wealth.

    While the author indicates that these are the reported median figures for full-time teaching staff, those outside the university environment are unlikely to know what the distribution of full-time to part-time teaching is. The term ‘professor’ — whether assistant, associate or full — is not accorded to part-time teachers. But students assume that the person at the front of the classroom is a professor. If it is necessary to tell students “how much your professors make” data should reflect the salaries of the part-time teachers employed for undergraduate instruction.

    A fuller story next time would be much appreciated.

  2. Readers of this article are missing some key information. There is quite a range of salaries at the university level depending on the qualifications and status of the professor. One must remember that these folks have invested years at substantially low incomes to earn the doctorates that qualify them to teach at a university. Full professorship is not attained without further contributions such as research grant acquisitions and publications. Furthermore, some of us teach in collaborative degree programs at the community college level. Even the most senior teachers at colleges do not make the same salaries as the associate professor listed int this article.

  3. No Quebec universities are listed so I’m left wondering how salaries at McGill, Laval, Concordia, etc. measure up. I know Quebec argues that education is a provincial responsibility but as long as la belle province receives $8.5 billion a year in net transfer payments from the rest of Canada to support its largesse, I believe each and every university there should be obliged to make such data available to the Canadian taxpayer through Statistics Canada.

  4. This analysis is missing hours worked. The university year is 8 months. Sure some profs do research during the summer months but not all by any means. Even during the school year, the course load is very leisurely for some senior academics who offload most of the actual teaching duties onto the near slave labor of part time teaching staff. Then there’s the every fifth year paid sabbatical for many professors. therefore anyone who thinks these salaries are for a standard 40 hour work week with a three week vacation overestimates hours worked with a few rigorous exceptions of course. A second important factor where much of the gravy is hidden is in the perks. For every dollar an academic contributes to his pension, taxpayers are on the hook for multiple dollars. Then there are the enormous number of paid sick days and so on it goes. Salaries tell less than half the story. Remember to factor in hours and perks.

  5. This article sucks.

    Thanks so much Maclean’s for leaving Saskatchewan Universities off the list.

    It would however, be interesting to see an article about how much extra money profs make by publishing books or scholarly articles.

    • Tiara

      This article cites a Statistics Canada study. All universities that were included in that study are listed.

      Josh Dehaas

  6. Those concerned about professorial salaries should be pleased to know that Canadian academics’ salaries will go down over the next few years courtesy of significantly below inflation pay deals. I would not be terribly surprised if quite some internationally competitive staff would leave the country for greener pastures elsewhere as a result of this. University boards of trustees, instructing their university senior managers to get faculty on the cheap (well, feel free to pick management jargon euphemisms), seemingly have not realized that Canadian universities compete internationally for the best staff. Reducing the value of faculty pay package year after year after year is not exactly a clever strategy, seen on that background. Meanwhile, no doubt, more lovely buildings will go up on every corner of our campuses. Buildings don’t make universities… –

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