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British Columbia Minimum Wage – Average Salary of Top Jobs

British Columbia’s new minimum wage places it ahead of other provinces.

The month of June 1, 2021, witnessed the province of British Columbia become the province with the highest minimum wage in Canada. This outstanding feat had to be a long way coming; this is because over the past four years British Columbia’s minimum wage has increased steadily from C$11.35 per hour to C$15.20.

Before now the province of British Columbia had one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada, despite being one of the most expensive places to live. However, the province now boasts a minimum wage the highest of any province.

What is the Minimum Wage?

Minimum wage can be defined as the lowest amount, usually expressed in per hour that employees must be paid by their employers for work in British Columbia.

Average minimum wage in British Columbia

The minimum wage in British Columbia is presently placed at C$15.20 per hour.

Minimum Wage in British Columbia Recent History

  • September 15, 2017 – $11.35 per hour
  • June 1, 2018 – C$12.65 per hour
  • 1 June 2019 – $13.85 per hour
  • 1, Jun 2020 – C$14.60 per hour
  • June 1, 2021 – $15.20 per hour

Minimum wage by legislation applies regardless of how employees are paid, this could be hourly, salary, commission, or as incentives. ‘

Therefore, if the earnings of an employee are below the minimum wage for the hours worked, the employer is bound by law to top up their payment so that it becomes equal to the minimum wage.

British Columbia Minimum Wage for Teachers

High School Teacher Minimum Wage

Early career High School Teacher with 1-4 years of work experience earns on an average total compensation, that is including tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$49, 920 based.

In addition, a mid-career High School Teacher having 5-9 years of work experience get paid an average total compensation of C$53,488.

Meanwhile, an experienced High School Teacher with 10-19 years of work experience will earn an average total compensation of C$78,611.

However, in their late-career that is 20 years and above, employees will earn an average total compensation of C$51,454.

  • The average salary for a High School Teacher: C$53,907
  • Base Salary: C$35, 000 – C$86, 000
  • Total Pay: C$39, 000 – C$94, 000

Primary School Teacher

Firstly, the average wage of a Primary School Teacher is $73,430/year and $35/hour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Likewise, the average salary range for a Primary School Teacher is between $53,113 – $90,314.

On the other hand, on average, a Bachelor’s Degree is the highest level of education a Primary School Teacher must-have.

Nevertheless, this compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and employees in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Average Bonus: C$1, 777
Salary by Cities for Primary School Teachers
City Salary
Telkwa, BC CAD 69k
British Columbia, Canada CAD 70k
Revelstoke, British Columbia CAD 69k
Clearwater, BC CAD 68k
Chilliwack, CAD 69k

For more information on the salary grid in British Columbia, please visit the link: Salary Grids – BC Public School Employers’ Association (bcpsea.bc.ca)

View Table for other Similar Job Titles
Online Elementary School CAD 70k
Child Day Care Program Supervisor CAD 81k
Academic Teacher CAD 80k
Elementary School Teacher CAD 73k
Teacher Elementary School CAD 73k

Psychologist Salary in British Columbia

Firstly, an entry-level Psychologist with less than 1-year of work experience can only expect to earn an average total compensation, inclusive of tips, bonus, and overtime pay of C$50,000.

Secondly, an early career Psychologist with 1-4 years of work experience earns on average total compensation of C$64,500.

Thirdly, an experienced Psychologist with 10-19 years of work experience earns on average total compensation of C$85,500.

Lastly, late-career psychologists, that is 20 years and above earns on average total compensation of C$81,000

Educational Psychologist in British Columbia

The average annual salary for an Educational Psychologist in British Columbia as of Oct 9, 2021, is C$84,568/year.

Moreover, should in case you need a simple salary calculator, this computation approximates to C$40.66 an hour. Thus, it equates to C$1,626/week or C$7,047/month.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Educational Psychologist In British Columbia
City Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Terrace $101,111 $8,426 $1,944 $48.61
Kelowna $100,985 $8,415 $1,942 $48.55
Burnaby $99,894 $8,325 $1,921 $48.03
Courtenay $99,075 $8,256 $1,905 $47.63
Langley $98,812 $8,234 $1,900 $47.51
Prince George $97,968 $8,164 $1,884 $47.10
Nanaimo $96,172 $8,014 $1,849 $46.24
West End $94,466 $7,872 $1,817 $45.42
New Westminster $93,717 $7,810 $1,802 $45.06
North Vancouver $93,544 $7,795 $1,799 $44.97
Top 5 Best Paying Related Educational Psychologist Jobs in B.C
Job Title Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Licensed Educational Psychologist $96,217 $8,018 $1,850 $46.26
Industrial Organizational Psychology Part Time $87,805 $7,317 $1,689 $42.21
Experimental Psychologist $85,287 $7,107 $1,640 $41.00
Psychologist Graduate $78,495 $6,541 $1,510 $37.74
Graduate Psychologist $78,495 $6,541 $1,510 $37.74

EMT/Paramedic Salary in B.C

Entry-level Paramedic with a maximum of1 year of work experience earns on average total compensation, inclusive of tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$66,000.

Additionally, an early career Paramedic of 1-4 years work experience will earn on average total compensation of C$64, 000 based on 5 salaries.

Furthermore, a mid-career Paramedic with 5-9 years of work experience often earns an average total compensation of C$59,666.

  • Average salary: C$60, 565/ year
  • Base Salary: C$41, 000 – C$71, 000
  • Bonus pay: C$0 – C$500
  • Total Pay: C$32, 000 – C$93, 000

Massage Therapist in B.C

Firstly, for an early career Registered Massage Therapist with 1-4 years of experience the pay is an average total compensation, inclusive of tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$65.00.

Meanwhile, a mid-career Registered Massage Therapist with 5-9 years of work experience earns an average total compensation of C$90  based on 6 salaries.

  • Average base hourly rate: C$80
  • Hourly rate: C$51 – C$123
  • Total Pay: C$58 – C$251

Civil Engineer Salary in B.C

An entry-level Civil Engineer with less than 1-year of work experience will earn on average total compensation, including tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$55,902 with regards to 16 salaries.

Whereas, an early career Civil Engineer holding 1-4 years of work experience earns an average total compensation of C$68,256.

In addition, a mid-career Civil Engineer with 5-9 years of work experience usually earns an average total compensation of C$79,575.

Furthermore, an experienced Civil Engineer with 10-19 years of work experience earns an average total compensation of C$97,530.

Lastly, a late-career civil engineer, that is 20 years and above, earns on average total compensation of C$110,991.

  • The average salary for a Civil Engineer is C$71,254
  • Base Salary: C$49 – C$101
  • Profit-Sharing: C$3 – C$10
  • Total Pay: C$47 – C$103

Welder Salary in British Columbia

An early career Welder with 1-4 years of work experience will earn an average total compensation including tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$24.50 (hourly rate).

Secondly, a mid-career Welder with 5-9 years of work experience earns an average total compensation of C$29.59/hour.

Thirdly, an experienced Welder with 10-19 years of work experience will earn on an average total compensation of C$33.00/hour.

Lastly, late-career welders with 20 years and higher of work experience earn on average total compensation of C$25/hour.

  • The average hourly pay for a Welder is C$28.12
  • Hourly Rate: 19 – 41
  • Total Pay: 37 – 90

Average Hourly Rate of different welding professions

  • Welding: C$25
  • Aluminum Welding: C$25
  • Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW): C$26
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding: C$23
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW): C$27

Occupational Therapist Salary in B.C

The early career Occupational Therapist (OT) having 1-4 years of work experience earns an average total compensation, inclusive of tips, bonuses, and overtime pay of C$74,819.

Also, a mid-career Occupational Therapist (OT) with 5-9 years of work experience will earn an average total compensation of C$74,379.

In addition, an experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) with 10-19 years of work experience earns an average total compensation of C$73,000.

Furthermore, late-career OTs with 20 years and higher work experience earn on average total compensation of C$0.

  • The average salary for an Occupational Therapist (OT) is C$75,223
  • Base Salary: C$65 – C$84
  • Total Pay: C$65 – C$92

Other Types of Employees are Paid a Piece Rate

A piece rate is a rate paid based on measurable quantity of amount of work completed. Therefore,  employees must be made aware of what the piece rates are before they begin work.

In addition, they may also be paid a separate set of wages for specific tasks (e.g. paid an hourly rate).

View table for Minimum Wage for Children Under 18

As of June 1, 2021, the minimum wage in British Columbia has been pegged at $15.20

Maximum work hours by age

Age

Maximum work hours per day

Time before camera

15 days to less than 3 years

8 hours

Minimum 20-minute break for every 15 consecutive minutes

3 to 5 years old

8 hours

Minimum 15-minute break for every 30 consecutive minutes

6 to 11 years old

8 hours

Minimum 10-minute break for every 45 consecutive minutes

12 to 14 years old

10 hours

Minimum 10-minute break for every 60 consecutive minutes

For more top jobs in British Columbia, please visit the link: 10 Jobs In British Columbia

Requirement for Under 18 Employments in British Columbia

The number one requirement is that a parent or guardian decides is to decide if it’s in the best interests of the child to have a job. Therefore, they must provide written permission or consent for their child to work.

On the other hand, employers must keep a record of the written consent. Also, the consent letter needs to include the child’s date of birth as well as confirmation that the child’s parent or guardian agrees to the number of hours, location, and type of work the child is about to be employed to do.

Rules for Children Under 16

Children who are under 16 years old cannot:

  • Required to work during school hours
  • Can only work 4 hours on school days
  • Work not more than 7 hours on a non-school day
  • Cannot work more than 20 hours a week with 5 school days
  • Must not work more than 35 hours a week when school is not in session

Furthermore, there are varying requirements for hiring young people with regards to the age of the child.

For further information on minimum wage for under 18, please visit the link: Hiring young people – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Employees with Different Minimum Wage Rates in BC

Liquor Servers

A liquor server is an employee who:

  • Works mainly as a server of food or drink or both
  • Regularly serves liquor directly to customers, guests, members, or patrons
  • Works in premises with a liquor license

June 1, 2021, liquor servers are to be paid the regular minimum wage rate for hours worked, in addition to any tips or gratuities they receive.

  • September 15, 2017 – $10.10 per hour
  • 1, 6, 2018 – $11.40 per hour
  • June 1, 2019 – $12.70 per hour
  • June 1, 2020 – $13.95 per hour
  • 1, June 2021 – $15.20 per hour (this rate is the same as regular minimum wage)

Live-in camp leaders

Live-in camp leaders are paid a daily rate as follows:

  • September 15, 2017 – $90.80/each day or part-day worked
  • 1, 6, 2018 – $101.24/day or part day worked
  • June 1, 2019 – $110.87
  • 1, June 2020 – $116.86
  • June 1, 2021 – $121.65

 Live-in home support workers

Live-in-home support workers are paid a daily rate.

  • The current daily rate is placed at C$113.50/day or part day worked.

Resident Caretakers

See Table for Resident Caretakers Minimum Wage
Date For an apartment building containing 9 to 60 suites For an apartment building containing more than 60 suites
September 15, 2017 $681 per month plus $27.29 for each suite $2,319.65 per month
June 1, 2018 $759.32 per month plus $30.43 for each suite $2,586.40 per month
June 1, 2019 $831.45 per month plus $33.32 for each suite $2,832.11 per month
June 1, 2020 $876.35 per month plus $35.12 for each suite $2,985.04 per month
June 1, 2021 $912.28 per month plus $35.56 for each suite $3,107.42 per month