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Secondary School Teacher Average Salary in Canada 2021

How much money does a Secondary School Teacher make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
95,900 CAD
( 8,000 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Secondary School Teacher in Canada typically earns around 95,900 CAD per year. Salaries range from 48,900 CAD (lowest) to 148,000 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Secondary School Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Secondary School Teacher Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Secondary School Teacher
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Secondary School Teacher salaries in Canada range from 48,900 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 148,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 94,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 94,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 94,000 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 64,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 64,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 118,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 118,000 CAD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Secondary School Teacher
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Secondary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secondary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 54,900 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 71,700 CAD per year, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 100,000 CAD per year, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Secondary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 121,000 CAD per year, 20% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 131,000 CAD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 141,000 CAD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secondary School Teacher average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
54,900 CAD
2 - 5 Years+31%
71,700 CAD
5 - 10 Years+40%
100,000 CAD
10 - 15 Years+20%
121,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+9%
131,000 CAD
20+ Years+8%
141,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secondary School Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Secondary School Teacher
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Secondary School Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Secondary School Teacher is 67,700 CAD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 120,000 CAD per year, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Secondary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in Canada

Bachelor's Degree
67,700 CAD
Master's Degree+77%
120,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 Canadian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada Secondary School Teacher
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Secondary School Teacher employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

98,400 CAD
93,600 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Secondary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Secondary School Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Secondary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Secondary School Teacher
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A Secondary School Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Secondary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in Canada

46 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 46 CAD. This means that the average Secondary School Teacher in Canada earns approximately 46 CAD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Secondary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secondary School Teacher and Teaching / Education yearly Canada
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The average salary for Secondary School Teacher is 24% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Advisor129,000 CAD+34%
Academic Coach129,000 CAD+34%
Academic Manager147,000 CAD+53%
Academic Specialist115,000 CAD+20%
Academic Staff93,700 CAD-2%
Accompanist101,000 CAD+5%
Achievement Coach128,000 CAD+33%
Admissions Specialist112,000 CAD+17%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher100,000 CAD+4%
Anthropology Teacher98,900 CAD+3%
Arabic Language Teacher94,700 CAD-1%
Archeology Teacher106,000 CAD+10%
Architecture Teacher108,000 CAD+13%
Archivist81,600 CAD-15%
Art Teacher91,500 CAD-5%
Assistant School Principal125,000 CAD+30%
Assistant Teacher85,300 CAD-11%
Biochemistry Professor 179,000 CAD+87%
Biology Teacher102,000 CAD+6%
Bursary Scheme Manager118,000 CAD+23%
Business Teacher100,000 CAD+4%
Chemistry Teacher101,000 CAD+5%
Child Care Coordinator97,900 CAD+2%
Child Care Worker82,000 CAD-15%
Clinical School Psychologist153,000 CAD+59%
College Aide130,000 CAD+35%
College and Career Readiness Specialist130,000 CAD+35%
College President222,000 CAD+130%
Communications Teacher101,000 CAD+5%
Community Education Officer85,300 CAD-11%
Computer Science Teacher98,700 CAD+3%
Computer Teacher94,800 CAD-1%
Creative Writing Trainer119,000 CAD+24%
Credit Counselor128,000 CAD+33%
Cultural Studies Teacher100,000 CAD+4%
Curriculum Developer126,000 CAD+31%
Curriculum Specialist125,000 CAD+30%
Demonstrator91,800 CAD-4%
Deputy Controller of Examinations123,000 CAD+28%
Director of Learning Technology134,000 CAD+40%
Distance Learning Coordinator112,000 CAD+17%
Economics Lecturer177,000 CAD+84%
Education Administrator115,000 CAD+20%
Education Assistant Director133,000 CAD+39%
Education Assistant Principal113,000 CAD+18%
Education Assistant Professor138,000 CAD+44%
Education Consultant136,000 CAD+42%
Education Coordinator111,000 CAD+16%
Education Counselor115,000 CAD+20%
Education Director180,000 CAD+88%
Education Program Specialist131,000 CAD+37%
Education Researcher139,000 CAD+45%
Education Resource Specialist110,000 CAD+15%
Education Services Facilitator120,000 CAD+25%
Educational Psychologist153,000 CAD+59%
EFL Teacher97,500 CAD+2%
eLearning Trainer92,400 CAD-4%
Elementary School Teacher83,000 CAD-13%
Engineering Lecturer167,000 CAD+74%
Engineering Teacher141,000 CAD+47%
English Teacher94,500 CAD-2%
ESL Teacher102,000 CAD+6%
Faculty Assistant122,000 CAD+27%
Foreign Language Teacher90,800 CAD-5%
GED Teacher85,700 CAD-11%
Geography Teacher98,500 CAD+3%
Head of Mathematics Department141,000 CAD+47%
Head of School159,000 CAD+66%
High School Teacher106,000 CAD+10%
History Teacher102,000 CAD+6%
Infant Teacher74,100 CAD-23%
Instructional Assistant104,000 CAD+8%
Instructor110,000 CAD+15%
Kindergarten Teacher81,000 CAD-16%
Language Instructor For Expatriate85,800 CAD-11%
Law Teacher148,000 CAD+54%
Learning Designer122,000 CAD+27%
Lecturer170,000 CAD+77%
Librarian85,800 CAD-11%
Library Assistant69,800 CAD-27%
Library Director120,000 CAD+25%
Library Specialist86,500 CAD-10%
Life Sciences Teacher102,000 CAD+6%
Math Lecturer175,000 CAD+82%
Mathematics Teacher117,000 CAD+22%
Mentor108,000 CAD+13%
Middle School Teacher101,000 CAD+5%
Music Teacher89,700 CAD-7%
Nursery Manager145,000 CAD+51%
Nursery Worker62,200 CAD-35%
Paraprofessional137,000 CAD+43%
Physical Education Specialist113,000 CAD+18%
Physical Education Teacher89,100 CAD-7%
Physics Teacher 105,000 CAD+9%
Political Science Teacher103,000 CAD+7%
Post Doctoral Researcher157,000 CAD+64%
Preschool Education Administrator115,000 CAD+20%
Preschool Teacher84,300 CAD-12%
Primary School Teacher91,600 CAD-5%
Principal140,000 CAD+46%
Product Specialist113,000 CAD+18%
Professor - Accounting176,000 CAD+83%
Professor - Architecture186,000 CAD+94%
Professor - Biology169,000 CAD+76%
Professor - Business Administration171,000 CAD+78%
Professor - Chemical Engineering195,000 CAD+100%
Professor - Chemistry180,000 CAD+88%
Professor - Civil Engineering174,000 CAD+81%
Professor - Communication179,000 CAD+87%
Professor - Computer Science177,000 CAD+84%
Professor - Dentistry191,000 CAD+99%
Professor - Drama165,000 CAD+72%
Professor - Economics185,000 CAD+93%
Professor - Education189,000 CAD+97%
Professor - Electrical Engineering185,000 CAD+93%
Professor - English174,000 CAD+81%
Professor - Environmental Engineering193,000 CAD+100%
Professor - Foreign Languages169,000 CAD+76%
Professor - Geological Sciences181,000 CAD+89%
Professor - History172,000 CAD+79%
Professor - Industrial Engineering177,000 CAD+84%
Professor - Law199,000 CAD+110%
Professor - Legal Support167,000 CAD+74%
Professor - Liberal Arts181,000 CAD+89%
Professor - Marketing176,000 CAD+83%
Professor - Mathematics186,000 CAD+94%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering189,000 CAD+97%
Professor - Medical Administration197,000 CAD+110%
Professor - Medicine209,000 CAD+120%
Professor - Music166,000 CAD+73%
Professor - Nursing177,000 CAD+84%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences175,000 CAD+82%
Professor - Philosophy183,000 CAD+91%
Professor - Physical Therapy181,000 CAD+89%
Professor - Physics194,000 CAD+100%
Professor - Psychology183,000 CAD+91%
Professor - Rehabilitation160,000 CAD+67%
Professor - Social Work163,000 CAD+70%
Professor - Sociology185,000 CAD+93%
Professor - Special Education177,000 CAD+84%
Psychology Teacher151,000 CAD+57%
Public Management Assistant Professor151,000 CAD+57%
School Counselor133,000 CAD+39%
Science Educator99,700 CAD+4%
Science Laboratory Assistant88,900 CAD-7%
Science Teacher103,000 CAD+7%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher108,000 CAD+13%
Secondary School Teacher95,900 CAD-0%
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Special Needs Assistant84,800 CAD-12%
Statistics Lecturer178,000 CAD+86%
Student Accounts Coordinator96,400 CAD+0%
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Student Employment Specialist110,000 CAD+15%
Student Services87,100 CAD-9%
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Substitute Teacher86,100 CAD-10%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton99,100 CAD
Calgary102,000 CAD
Edmonton106,000 CAD
Gatineau89,700 CAD
Halifax89,700 CAD
Hamilton95,800 CAD
Kitchener98,500 CAD
Markham94,800 CAD
Mississauga104,000 CAD
Montreal102,000 CAD
Ottawa101,000 CAD
Quebec99,800 CAD
Regina91,700 CAD
Richmond91,400 CAD
Saskatoon88,800 CAD
Surrey92,200 CAD
Toronto112,000 CAD
Vancouver107,000 CAD
Vaughan96,800 CAD
Windsor90,600 CAD
Winnipeg102,000 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta107,000 CAD
British Columbia104,000 CAD
Manitoba104,000 CAD
New Brunswick93,900 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador86,700 CAD
Northwest Territories100,000 CAD
Nova Scotia89,200 CAD
Nunavut103,000 CAD
Ontario115,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island84,300 CAD
Quebec112,000 CAD
Saskatchewan92,500 CAD
Yukon88,700 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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