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 – A Senior TA is a graduate student who is registered in a masters’ or doctoral program at the University of British Columbia and is required by the University to perform lead hand duties as a Teaching Assistant. These duties typically include coordinating other Teaching Assistants and providing guidance, technical knowledge, and subject matter expertise to other Teaching Assistants.

GTA I – is a graduate student who is registered in a doctoral degree program at the University of British Columbia or who is a student who holds a masters or doctoral degree in the posted or related discipline.

GTA II – is a graduate student who holds a bachelors degree or is a graduate student who is registered in a masters degree program at the University of British Columbia or who is a student who holds a bachelors degree in the posted or related discipline.

UTA I – is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelors degree program at the University of British Columbia who is required to perform Teaching Assistant Duties with substantial student contact.

UTA II – is an undergraduate student who is registered in a bachelors degree program at the University of British Columbia who performs Teaching Assistant Duties without substantial student contact.

Markers – A Marker is an employee appointed to a position which involves only marking without substantial student contact.

Hourly Wages as of July 1, 2019

ClassificationWage
STA$35.42
GTA I$33.10
GTA II$31.85
UTA I$17.79
UTA II$15.89
Marker$15.24

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
STA$13,600.32
GTA I$12,710.40
GTA II$12,230.80
UTA I$6,832.96
UTA II$6,100.80
Marker$5,853.04

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.