In Canada, bus drivers earn more than teachers

In Canada, bus drivers earn more than teachers

Over 200 bus drivers in Canada’s 2nd largest city earn over $100,000 a year. They take advantage of overtime work hours. Some people believe this is excessive.

Meanwhile, teachers make half as much, less than 50,000 dollars.


Close an employee on eight of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has earned more than $ 100,000 last year, while the overtime cost nearly $ 60 million, a record. On these 1200 workers are privileged there are more than 200 bus drivers, a dozen money-changers, but also storekeepers, operators of subway and a lubricator.

At the top of the STM employees who received more than $ 100,000 last year are the bus drivers (209), and mechanics (103), show the figures obtained through the Law on access to information. If most of these workers surpass just the symbolic threshold of $ 100,000, a handful of bus drivers earned more than $ 150 000 in 2015. To reach this salary, a chauffeur at the top of the salary scale shall have completed, on average, 15 hours of overtime each week.


The STM has never counted on all workers earning a remuneration of at least $ 100,000 per year, including overtime, bonuses, and lump-sum amounts. In 2015, on the 9503 STM employees, 1199 have reached this select club. It is almost two times more than three years ago. Approximately half of these workers earned wages below $ 110,000 per year.

Virtually all trades of the STM are represented in this montreal version of the “Sunshine List” of Ontario, which discloses annually all staff paid $ 100,000 per year. Not surprisingly, the occupations are well-paying, as an engineer, and a senior analyst, you’re likely to see in this list, alongside leadership positions.


The overtime the STM was up in the past year, while the number of employees decreased slightly for the first time in years. The STM has paid 59.3 million to these employees overtime. This is 3.5 million more than the previous year and 13 million more than in 2010.

This record amount is mainly due to a 15% increase in the number of overtime hours allocated to drivers and operators of the STM. They have worked 644 600 hours of overtime last year against 562 200 the previous year, while other professions have seen a decrease.



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