In the 2000s, the average salary of Québec government employees rose 4.4%

Montréal, August 3, 2016 – The average salary, in 2009–2010 constant dollars, of Québec government and public education, health and social service network (Québec government) employees rose from $48,883 in 1999–2000 to $51,032 in 2009–2010, with increased purchasing power of 4.4%. This is one of the findings of the Étude sur l’évolution du pouvoir d’achat des salariés de l’administration québécoise durant la décennie 2000, made public today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

As with government employees overall, 7 of the 11 employment categories studied saw their real average salary rise. Five categories had higher rates than the overall group: nurses (+8.7%), graduate nurses (+7.8%), teachers (+6.7%), senior managers (+6.2%) and nursing assistants (+4.7%). Conversely, four employment categories experienced a drop in their purchasing power ranging from 0.1% to 3.0%.

The global cost of Québec government compensation per employee, comprising salary, overtime, bonuses and fringe benefits, rose from $60,419 to $63,688 (in 2009–2010 constant dollars), a 5.4% increase. The highest global salary cost increase was on account of the 24.5% rise in the cost of fringe benefits for the period covered.

Real growth of the average global cost was positive for 9 of 11 employment categories. Senior managers had the highest rate (+14.7%), while maintenance and service employees had the sharpest drop (–1.7%).

This report follows the previous one in 2006, which analyzed the evolution of the purchasing power of Québec government employees during the 1990s and gave an overview of the situation in the 1980s. Over three decades, government employees overall experienced real positive growth of their average salary (+2.6%). The real global compensation cost during this period rose 6.5%.

Québec government data was provided by the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor du Québec. Other sources were used in preparing the findings for all Québec workers. Although the compensation elements for these sources were not identical, their similarities made it possible to compare changes between the two compensation breakdowns.

Real salary and wage growth of 4.8% for all Québec employees during the 2000s

From 1999 to 2009, real salaries and wages of all Québec employees rose 4.8%, and total growth over 30 years was 17.3%. These salaries and wages were similar to the salaries plus additional compensation and bonuses paid to Québec government employees. In the 2000s, Québec government compensation showed a 2.6% increase, while over 30 years, this growth was 1.9%.

Real work earnings for all Québec employees rose 7.5% from 1999 to 2009, and 22.0% over 30 years. This compensation concept is similar to the global compensation cost of Québec government employees.

To gain a better understanding of the data and methodology used, the Institut de la statistique du Québec encourages you to consult the report.


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