Increments for teachers

What is an increment?

An increment is the salary increase teachers get when they move up a step on their base salary scale. This is on top of base salary increases negotiated through the collective agreement.

Most teachers move up one salary step each year until they reach the maximum salary step for their qualification.

Over 99% of eligible teachers (teachers who have not reached their top step in the base salary scale) get an increment each year. The process is:

  • Teachers are assessed against the performance standards in their employment agreement (by their board of trustees or principal).
  • If a teacher is determined to have met the standards, they move up a salary step on the scale.
  • If a teacher hasn’t met the standards, they are given a specific period to do so. If the teacher hasn’t met the standards after this period, they don’t move up a salary step. In some cases, competence procedures will be needed.

What are increments worth?

The size of increments varies greatly.  Across the three base salary scales for primary, secondary and area teachers, the smallest increment is 2.94%;  the largest is 10.71%.

What’s the total cost of increments?

The total cost of school teachers’ base salaries is $3 billion. Of this, increments account for about $58 million, or just under 2% of the total salary bill.

An example of how increments work

The following table shows the salary increases of a primary teacher with a teaching qualification and a bachelor degree (called Q3+ on the primary teachers’ scale), who started work as a teacher in January 2005. The starting salary is Step 7 on the primary teachers’ base salary scale: $38,256.

The table below shows the increases to the base salary from 2005 to 2014, as a result of collective agreement increases and increment payments.

It shows a cumulative salary increase of 89.89% over 9 years, or an average of a 9.99% increase in salary per year.

Date Event Salary rate at that date $ increase % increase
January 2005 Starting salary: step 7 $38,256    
July 2005 Collective agreement increase $39,404 $1,148 3.00%
January 2006 Increment: move to step 8 $41,092 $1,688 4.28%
July 2006 Collective agreement increase $42,325 $1,233 3.00%
January 2007 Increment: move to step 9 $44,643 $2,138 5.48%
November 2007 Collective agreement increase $46,429 $1,786 4.00%
January 2008 Increment: move to step 10 $50,048 $3,613 7.79%
July 2008 Collective agreement increase $52,050 $2,002 4.00%
January 2009 Increment: move to step 11 $55,812 $3,762 7.23%
July 2009 Collective agreement increase $58,044 $2,232 4.00%
January 2010 Increment: move to step 12 $63,392 $5,348 9.21%
December 2010 Collective agreement increase $65,135 $1,743 2.75%
January 2011 Increment: move to step 13 $67,413 $2,278 3.50%
January 2012 Increment: move to step 14 (top step) $70,877 $3,464 5.14%
June 2013 Collective agreement increase $71,900 $1,023 1.44%
June 2014 Collective agreement increase $72,645 $745 1.04%

Note that this table is about base salary only. Just under half of primary school teachers get units and/or other allowances on top of their base salary, adding an average of $5,900.

Increments on the base salary scales

There are four base salary scales for primary, trained secondary, untrained secondary, and area teachers. The following tables show the increments on each salary scale, and how many full-time teaching equivalents are currently on each step as at September/October 2011.

Primary teachers - trained

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
1 12.24 $35,196 - -
2 9.96 $37,903 7.69% $2,707
3 14.22 $41,962 10.71% $4,059
4 573.87 $46,025 9.68% $4,063
5 1221.26 $47,519 3.25% $1,494
6 1274.96 $49,409 3.98% $1,890
7 1460.65 $52,115 5.48% $2,706
8 5422.48 $56,739 8.87% $4,624
9 2015.00 $60,839 7.23% $4,100
10 1389.79 $65,657 7.92% $4,818
11 7252.03 $68,755 4.72% $3,098
12 7061.19 $72,645 5.66% $3,890

Secondary teachers - trained

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
T1 35.16 $44,844 - -
T2 10.58 $46,460 3.60% $1,616
T3 550.36 $47,874 3.04% $1,414
T4 706.60 $49,894 4.22% $2,020
T5 780.71 $53,025 6.28% $3,131
T6 1590.43 $56,459 6.48% $3,434
T7 898.64 $60,499 7.16% $4,040
T8 819.99 $65,796 8.76% $5,297
T9 2612.49 $68,755 4.50% $2,959
T10 12244.07 $72,645 5.66% $3,890

Secondary teachers - untrained

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
U1 132.50 $30,603  - -
U2 24.19 $31,934 4.35% $1,331
U3 17.73 $34,596 8.34% $2,662
U4 99.30 $37,257 7.69% $2,661
U5 18.26 $41,247 10.71% $3,990
U6 18.91 $45,239 9.68% $3,992
U7 14.31 $46,571 2.94% $1,332
U8 17.09 $48,567 4.29% $1,996
U9 16.06 $51,226 5.47% $2,659
U10 15.63 $55,220 7.80% $3,994
U11 16.68 $59,211 7.23% $3,991
U12 6.85 $64,666 9.21% $5,455
U13 84.00 $66,928 3.50% $2,262

Area teachers

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
1 57.50 $31,488  - -
2 14.61 $32,858 4.35% $1,370
3 11.43 $35,597 8.34% $2,739
4 41.93 $38,334 7.69% $2,737
5 0.90 $42,440 10.71% $4,106
6 39.01 $46,548 9.68% $4,108
7 72.95 $48,035 3.19% $1,487
8 82.71 $49,894 3.87% $1,859
9 110.53 $52,837 5.90% $2,943
10 300.96 $56,749 7.40% $3,912
11 125.20 $60,780 7.10% $4,031
12 122.45 $65,796 8.25% $5,016
13 576.06 $68,755 4.50% $2,959
14 826.81 $72,645 5.66% $3,890


Content last updated: 20 August 2014