How much do sessional instructors make in Canada?

Introduction:

Sessional instructors across the country have been wondering how much they will make when they start teaching. While calculating pay, some may have only considered their base salary, while others have included bonuses and per-course fees. Here’s a look at average salaries for sessional instructors by the province in Canada.
For several years now, sessional instructors have been making less and less money in Canada. This is due to the high demand for part-time instructors and a challenging economic climate that has stifled the job market for full-time employees. The situation is so bad that many are calling it the “sessional instructor crisis.”
How much do sessional instructors make in Canada?

How much do sessional instructors make in Canada?

In most cases, sessional instructors are paid a flat rate per hour of work. However, there are some exceptions.
If you’re an instructor at a university or college, you may be paid on the basis of your qualifications. The higher your qualifications are, the more money you’ll make.
You should also consider what type of grades you receive from students and how many students sign up for your courses each term. If many students put off taking your courses until the last minute and fail to turn in their assignments on time, you could be left with a lot of extra work that will likely take away from your class time and make it difficult for you to get ahead financially.
Sessional instructors make Canada.
If you want to teach in Canada, you need to be a full-time teacher. That means you’ll either be a full-time professor or a full-time university professor.
Full-time professors are paid fairly well. They earn far more than sessional instructors, who only work part-time and teach for less pay than professors.
Sessional instructors are also generally not covered by the same benefits as full-time teachers. They aren’t eligible for health care or pension plans. Most do not have maternity leave, paternity leave, or sick days off from work.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been tracking the average salary of sessional instructors for the last several years. The following table shows the average salary for sessional instructors working in Ontario:
Sessional Instructor Salary by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Average Salary (2017)**
Alberta $75,827**
British Columbia $70,000**
Manitoba $67,310**
New Brunswick $63,400**
Newfoundland and Labrador $52,000**
Northwest Territories $55,900**
Nova Scotia $71,300**
Nunavut $43,800**
Ontario $79,700*(*) – this is the salary that would be earned if an Ontario resident worked part-time as an instructor. In reality, many instructors work full-time and receive benefits such as health insurance coverage or pension contributions. These benefits are often included in their paycheques and are not reflected in this salary figure. See our article on how to estimate your total compensation for more information. () – this is the salary that would be earned if an Ontario resident worked part-time as an instructor. In reality, many instructors work full-time and receive benefits such as health insurance.

Conclusion:

The average annual income of sessional instructors in Canada is $12,000. This isn’t a whole lot of money to live off of, but it’s the reality for a lot of people who choose this career path. They can certainly be a great life experience, and a very good way to start teaching if you’re still unsure about what being an educator is like.
As a result, the average pay for sessionals is a measly $22 per hour. It’s well below most white-collar professions and significantly less than what teachers make in high school—and even in some universities. The fact that they’re being asked to teach students at post-secondary institutions warrants more respectful payments, but unfortunately, it isn’t happening yet.

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