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 2012, as a result of collective agreement increases and increment payments.

It shows a cumulative salary increase of 87.94% over 7 years, or an average of a 10.99% 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%

Over the same period a primary teacher at the top of the base salary scale would have received cumulative collective agreement increases of 24%.

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 $5,300.

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

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
1 199.93 $30,979 - -
2 53.66 $32,327 4.35% $1,348
3 12.24 $35,021 8.33% $2,694
4 9.96 $37,715 7.69% $2,694
5 14.22 $41,754 10.71% $4,039
6 573.87 $45,796 9.68% $4,042
7 1221.26 $47,330 3.35% $1,534
8 1274.96 $49,164 3.87% $1,834
9 1460.65 $51,856 5.48% $2,692
10 5422.48 $56,177 8.33% $4,321
11 2015.00 $60,236 7.23% $4,059
12 1389.79 $65,396 8.57% $5,160
13 7252.03 $68,074 4.10% $2,678
14 7061.19 $71,900 5.62% $3,826

Secondary teachers - trained

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
T1 35.16 $44,400 - -
T2 10.58 $46,000 3.60% $1,600
T3 550.36 $47,400 3.04% $1,400
T4 706.60 $49,400 4.22% $2,000
T5 780.71 $52,500 6.28% $3,100
T6 1590.43 $55,900 6.48% $3,400
T7 898.64 $59,900 7.16% $4,000
T8 819.99 $65,145 8.76% $5,245
T9 2612.49 $68,074 4.50% $2,929
T10 12244.07 $71,900 5.62% $3,826

Secondary teachers - untrained

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
U1 132.50 $30,300  - -
U2 24.19 $31,618 4.35% $1,318
U3 17.73 $34,253 8.33% $2,635
U4 99.30 $36,888 7.69% $2,635
U5 18.26 $40,838 10.71% $3,950
U6 18.91 $44,791 9.68% $3,953
U7 14.31 $46,110 2.94% $1,319
U8 17.09 $48,086 4.29% $1,976
U9 16.06 $50,719 5.48% $2,633
U10 15.63 $54,673 7.80% $3,954
U11 16.68 $58,624 7.23% $3,951
U12 6.85 $64,026 9.21% $5,402
U13 84.00 $66,265 3.50% $2,239

Area teachers

Step FTTE Base Salary Increment between steps (%) Increment between steps ($)
1 57.50 $31,176  - -
2 14.61 $32,533 4.35% $1,357
3 11.43 $35,244 8.33% $2,711
4 41.93 $37,955 7.69% $2,711
5 0.90 $42,020 10.71% $4,065
6 39.01 $46,087 9.68% $4,067
7 72.95 $47,559 3.19% $1,472
8 82.71 $49,400 3.87% $1,841
9 110.53 $52,314 5.90% $2,914
10 300.96 $56,255 7.53% $3,941
11 125.20 $60,178 6.97% $3,923
12 122.45 $65,145 8.25% $4,967
13 576.06 $68,074 4.50% $2,929
14 826.81 $71,900 5.62% $3,826


Content last updated: 10 July 2013