5% real salary growth for Québec government employees in the 2010s
Montréal, September 13, 2022. – The average annual salary of Québec government employees (in the Québec public service and the public education and health and social services networks) increased from $58,798 to $61,835 in 2019–2020 constant dollars between 2009–2010 and 2019–2020, a 5.2% increase when changes in the consumer price index (CPI) are taken into account. This finding comes from the Étude sur l’évolution du pouvoir d’achat des salariés de l’administration québécoise durant la décennie 2010 made public today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
When overtime pay and bonuses are added to salaries, real growth reaches almost 9.0% over this period. The overall cost of compensation, which includes salary, overtime pay, bonuses and benefits, rose by 10.1% in real terms. In current dollars, the overall cost of compensation grew by 27.6% during this decade.
Overall cost by component, Québec government employees,1 2009–2010 and 2019–2020.
|Salary||58 798||61 835||5.2|
|Salary plus additional compensation and bonuses||62 111||67 491||8.7|
|Overall cost of compensation3||73 386||80 792||10.1|
1. Comprises the Québec public service and the public education and health and social services networks.
The report also presents results for 11 job categories. Real growth in the overall cost of compensation was positive for every category during the 2010s, as it was for Québec government employees as a whole. Increases ranged from 5.4% for technicians and office employees to 19.6% for nursing assistants.
Comparison with all Québec employees
The study also compares the compensation of Québec government employees with that of all employees in Québec. From 2009 to 2019, the wages and salaries of all Québec employees—meaning salaries, bonuses and other lump sum payments—grew by 10.4% in real terms. Over the same period, an 8.7% increase was observed for Québec government employees.
When benefits are added to wages and salaries, the real growth of total compensation in the 2010s rises to just over 12% for all Québec employees, about two percentage points higher than for Québec government employees.
Real growth in compensation, all Québec employees1 and Québec government employees,2 2009–2010 and 2019–20203
|All Québec employees1||Québec government employees2|
|Wages and salaries4||Total compensation4||Salary plus additional
compensation and bonuses4
de la rémunération4
1. All Québec workers aged 15 and over, except those who are self-employed, such as professionals, unincorporated business owners, farmers, and members of the military.
The study also provides results by employment status and age group for Québec government employees, as well as compensation data over a 40-year period for these employees and for all Québec employees.
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