The first day of rotating strikes hit the Okanagan this week, as teachers demand more money and smaller class sizes.
A vice president with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Glen Hansman, says they aren't seeking parity with other provinces, but want to ensure their paycheques don't fall further behind their counterparts.
Teachers around the country make various wages, depending in which province they teach, and how much experience they have accrued.
The starting salary for an elementary school teacher in Canada is $44,861.
After 10 years that number rises to $67,996 and caps out at $71,608 after 11 years.
If that person is teaching upper secondary school, then the starting wage is slightly higher at $45,051. It moves to $68,297 after 10 years and caps out at $71,886 after 15 years.
British Columbia’s numbers are taken from the provinces largest school district in Surrey. Here, the starting salary for an elementary school teacher and a secondary school teacher is the same. It starts at $41,963 and then rises and caps out at $64,131 after 10 years.
The province with the highest starting salary outside of either the Yukon or Northwest Territories is Alberta, where all teachers start at $53,838. After 10 years they rise to $82,808 and are capped at $85,597 after 11 years.
Quebec has the distinction of paying its teacher the lowest starting salary in the country at just $39,238 for all grades. That increases to $57,115 after 10 years and jumps up to $70,458 after 15 years.
The numbers were provided by Statistics Canada - we have included the chart below (Click the image to enlarge).