Pay Rates and Classification

Pay rates for TAs are determined on the basis of the degree program in which a union member is enrolled, and/or prior degrees earned.

STA – member is registered in a masters program or doctoral program and performs coordinating or guiding other teaching assistants

GTA I – member is enrolled in a Doctoral program or a Masters program and already holds a Masters degree in the discipline they are teaching in.

GTA II – member is enrolled in a Masters program or already holds a Bachelors degree in the discipline they are teaching in.

UTA I – member has not yet earned a bachelors degree in the posted discipline, but interacts with students, including giving feedback on assignments

UTA II – member has not yet earned a bachelors degree in the posted discipline and does not have substantial student contact

Markers – Regardless of their level of education, members may also be hired as Markers rather than TAs. Markers’ duties are limited to marking questions with objective answers (e.g. multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank) that do not require technical expertise. You should not be hired as a Marker if it is your job to mark more complicated questions and/or assignments; rather, you should be paid as a TA.  Moreover, you cannot be hired as a TA and a Marker for the same course.  If you find yourself in either of these situations, please contact us.

Hourly Wages as of July 1, 2019

GTA I$33.10
GTA II$31.85
UTA I$17.79
UTA II$15.89

Updated July 31, 2019

Full TAship Wages Beginning July 1, 2019

(Based on 384 hours for a Full TAship, or 192 hours in Winter Terms 1 and 2)

Classification2019/2020 Wages
GTA I$12,710.40
GTA II$12,230.80
UTA I$6,832.96
UTA II$6,100.80

Updated July 31, 2019

What is the Economic Stability Dividend?

The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements covering workers in direct government, health, social services, crown corporations, universities, K to 12 and other post-secondary institutions. The Economic Stability Dividend is calculated on the variation between the actual growth in provincial real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the projected real GDP growth, provided by the provincial Economic Forecast Council. Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and is measured by Statistics Canada. It is published on a provincial basis in their report titled Real Gross Domestic Product at Market Prices in November of each year. B.C.’s real GDP grew by 3.2% in 2014. This exceeded the Economic Forecast Council’s forecast of 2.3% GDP growth by 0.9%. An amount equal to half of that positive difference will go to members as a pay increase on July 1, 2016. Similar calculations will be conducted over the next three years and could lead to ESD pay increases in 2017, 2018 and 2019.