Since teachers' salaries and benefits are determined by negotiated agreements between school boards and their teachers, salaries vary from one board to another. However, all teachers are paid according to a grid system based on their number of years of university training and number of years of teaching experience.
All teachers employed in Alberta's publicly supported schools are members of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) and are automatically included under the Alberta Teachers' Pension Plans Act. Holidays and pensions are specified by provincial legislation. However, teachers often use the summer break period of July and August, or Christmas and spring break holidays, for professional development or for fulfilling additional professional responsibilities.
Career and technology studies teachers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4031: Secondary school teachers.
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Secondary school teachers occupational group earned on average from $29.87 to $50.67 an hour. The overall average wage was $41.40 an hour. For more information, see the Secondary school teachers wage profile.