Average doctor salaries by province

Which province pays its professionals the most?



Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information

Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information

A note to readers: Since first publishing this post, we have removed reference to teacher salaries by province. The figures were an extrapolation of hourly wages on a federal government website based on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. However, the resulting annual salaries were not in line with the salary ranges contained in teachers’ contracts. We have removed the chart from the website. Maclean’s regrets the error.


Average doctor salaries by province

  1. Your physician salary charts are way low. CIHI only measures the money billed to the provincial reimbursement plans, and none of the numerous extra-illing done by GP’s, eye surgeons and the like.

  2. Middle-middle and upper-middle class.

  3. Your teacher pay for Vancouver is wrong (although, as a teacher, I wish it weren’t!)
    The maximum possible pay for a Vancouver School Board teacher is $81 489. That is the maximum, not the average, and it is the same for elementary and high school teachers. Education and seniority are the only variables, not grades taught.
    Source: http://www.bcpsea.bc.ca/documents/39-SalaryGrid2010.pdf

    That is a 10-month pay, meaning we only get paid from Sept-June. You must have used the monthly wage in order to get your generous figure ($81 500 divided by 10 months, which is 8149) and multiplied it by12 thinking that we get paid for 12 months (which we don’t!). 8149 x 12 = $97 788, which is close to your figure.

    Either you are not doing your research properly or you need to attend my grade 6 Math class in September. I will “only” have 29 students this year, so there is spot left if you wish.

    Either way I would appreciate if you could rectify your data before some young undergrad decides to enrol as a teacher thinking that there’s money into it.

    • Macleans.ca just got schooled!

    • This is the same issue with the Alberta number. With information being published incorrectly, often the public begins to form opinions on that incorrect information and leads to a harsh misrepresentation of the teaching profession.

    • No money in teaching for anyone without many years already. Their unions ALL protect the old guard and do nothing for the new teachers from having to accept part time work indefinitely, the pay grade, or job security. New teachers can be fired for no reason, or have their hours cut, and supervisors are in the same unions

    • No. Teachers get paid an annual salary with 2 months of paid vacation. End of discussion.

  4. What about physician’s costs, though? They run businesses with lots of overhead (salaries for staff, office rental, office expenses). I’d like to see their income after costs and before taxes.

  5. It would be useful if you, along with the shiny infographic, included information on what the measures you publish do and don’t include….and have a brief explanation of what the problems with measuring “take home pay” for various professions are…I don’t suppose that’s very useful for the simplistic conclusions people want to draw from these things left or right

  6. Even if teachers allowed you to publish their salary ranges, they would make for a meaningless comparison with the other profession whose numbers you left up. Doctors have large and rising overhead costs including salaries for receptionists, nurses and other ancillary personnel. Teachers do not. Doctors work much longer than 40 hour weeks. Teachers do not. They are in the class room only 4 hours a day in Ontario, on school premises 6 and 3/4 hours if they shirk all extra-curriculars as many do and clearly have enough discretionary time to get marking, phone calls etc. done if they worked an ordinary 8 hour day. Taking work home is a choice, not a sign they are working overtime. Teachers work only 185 days a year or 39 weeks giving them a long paid vacation (though they keep insisting they’re only paid for 10 months so then their salaries are even higher per unit time worked than they appear) and other perks such as 20 paid sick days they are allowed to bank for a pay out at retirement in various provinces. Their pensions are very rich, with the majority paid by the taxpayer who has to work longer and longer, often past 65 , allowing teachers to retire at age 55 with full pension of 70% of their highest earning years. Their total benefit package is worth about another 30% of their salary. Doctors pay for all these things out of pocket. So we arrive at the ludicrous situation where teachers can be paid more per hour worked than doctors who take longer to acquire their skills and have far more responsibility. That’s the magic of giving people a government monopoly combined with unionization that squeezes out more and more money and perks for less and less work.

    • No. Not 70%. That’s government. As a retired teacher in Ontario my pension is based upon 60% of my best-five-years average salary.

    • WOW. Why don’t you add this. If in fact a teacher only talks for half of the time he or she is in class, this means that in actual fact he or she only works 2.25 hours a day. And the prep and marking are done by a computer and consequently take out another hour per day. And if they average 25 students per classroom take out another hour per day. And if you take their lunch time we actually pay teachers for doing nothing. And if you consider that students can learn on their own, we pay teachers to actually ….. WTF””” You learned how to think on your own which explains your inane comments!!!!

    • You have got to stop believing the right wing anti-middle class right wing drivel that is pumped out by the right wing propagandist front groups like (un)Fair Pensions for All.
      People who should be in the middle class should stop being enraged at the people who have not yet been dragged down out of the middle class.
      Instead we should all be mad at the plutocrats and their policies and politicians that have been in a class war against the poor, working class, and middle class people for the last 3 decades.

      • Sure you couldn’t work another “right wing” into there my fine left wing
        fellow? The new class that’s riding high is the unionized government
        worker class on the backs of other taxpayers. Government workers are
        paid completely from other people’s taxes so what they pay themselves is
        a pittance compared to what they take out. There is absolutely no
        reason for someone to collect 20 to 30% more remuneration for the same
        job as in the private sector simply because he’s been handed a
        government monopoly and can strike to squeeze out more than his labor’s
        actually worth. There is no reason taxpayers who themselves have to
        work to 65 or beyond should be funding teachers’ retirement with full pension at 55. None.

  7. I am aware that there are some heart surgeons who cannot find full time work
    and are earning a lot less than the number you mention .Does your numbers
    include these surgeons who work part time by necessity.
    Ontario has 40 gastroenterologists in the same boat

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