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 and are automatically included under the Alberta Teachers’ Pension Plans Act (PDF). Holidays and pensions are specified by provincial legislation. However, teachers often use the spring, summer and Christmas breaks for professional development or for fulfilling additional professional responsibilities.