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%.

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. Many teachers receive allowances on top of their base salary.

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 as at February 2015.

Primary teachers - trained

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

Secondary teachers - trained

Step Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
T1 $45,068 - -
T2 $46,692 3.60% $1,624
T3 $48,316 3.48% $1,624
T4 $50,143 3.78% $1,827
T5 $53,290 6.28% $3,147
T6 $56,741 6.48% $3,451
T7 $60,801 7.16% $4,060
T8 $66,125 8.76% $5,324
T9 $69,099 4.50% $2,974
T10 $73,000 5.65% $3,901

Secondary teachers - untrained

Step Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
U1 $30,756  - -
U2 $32,094 4.35% $1,338
U3 $34,769 8.33% $2,675
U4 $37,443 7.69% $2,674
U5 $41,453 10.71% $4,010
U6 $45,466 9.68% $4,013
U7 $46,803 2.94% $1,337
U8 $48,810 4.29% $2,007
U9 $51,482 5.47% $2,672
U10 $55,496 7.80% $4,014
U11 $59,507 7.23% $4,011
U12 $64,990 9.21% $5,483
U13 $67,262 3.50% $2,272

Area teachers

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


Content last updated: 12 February 2015