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What are you earning? University salaries, 2007-2008

You know what you're thinking: I wonder what my colleagues at other institutions are making?


Statistics Canada released a report yesterday on the salaries of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities for the 2007-2008 academic year. I wasn’t going to mention this release because I already reported on the 2008-2009 teaching salaries in a blog post in May 2009. However, I changed my mind because that previous report was deemed “preliminary” and contained no data for Quebec universities, while this recent report is stamped “final” and does include Quebec data.

And, as I said before, it’s always interesting to peruse these reports, thinking: I wonder what my colleagues at other institutions are earning?


Average salaries at the University of Toronto were the highest in the country at $157,566 for full-time professors (excluding professors in medical and dental fields). If you include medical and dental professors, the average dips to $150,381.

However, citing just those figures gives a distorted view of faculty salaries, because of course not every university teacher is a full professor at a major research-intensive university. If you’re a lecturer at Université du Québec à Montréal, for example, the maximum you can expect to make is $48,027. In a similar vein, the maximum for an assistant professor at Cape Breton University is $68,910 – a decent salary for the average Canadian, but far from $150,000 a year.

Here are the 15 universities with the highest average salaries for full professors. For the sake of consistency, I’ve chosen the figures that exclude professors in medicine and dentistry.

  1. University of Toronto: $157,566
  2. University of British Columbia: $140,617
  3. University of Waterloo: $137,942
  4. Trent University: $137,938
  5. University of Calgary: $136,669
  6. York University: $136,609
  7. McGill University: $135,882
  8. University of Alberta: $135,877
  9. McMaster University: $134,953
  10. University of Western Ontario: $134,408
  11. University of Windsor: $134,179
  12. Laurentian University: $133,296
  13. HEC Montreal: $133,217
  14. Wilfrid Laurier University: $131,467
  15. Queen’s University: $131,359
Léo Charbonneau
Léo Charbonneau is the editor of University Affairs.
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