More than $100,000 salary earners are increasing in Ontario Public Sector
April 5, 2019
Global Korean Post
Ontario’s Government on March 27 released the salaries of Ontario Public Service and broader public sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2018.
Proactively releasing information on public sector salaries is part of the government’s commitment to being open and accountable to taxpayers.
The release shows the total number of employees disclosed under the Act continued to grow in 2018, increasing by 19,131 employees, or 14.5%. A large portion of the increase is attributable to the Broader Public Sector, which specifically saw an increase of 17,792 employees disclosed, or 15.4% in 2018.
In addition, the data shows that the number of employees earning more than $100,000 at the agencies that make up Ontario Health (see chart 1) has grown from 138 in 2003 to 1,469 in 2018, a 964.5% increase.
Between 2003 and 2018, average salaries of all employees in the public sector, including those making less than $100,000, increased by 48.1% (see chart 2). By 2017, the average private sector worker earned $16,049 less than the average Ontario public sector employee. This income disparity has steadily grown since 2003 and the average private sector Ontario worker’s salary in 2017 is now 33.6% lower than the salary for the average Ontario public sector employee.
The Treasury Board Secretariat has paused all pending compensation adjustments for public sector leaders, and all pending broader public sector executive compensation increases, while a full review takes place.
The total salaries cost to the government was $19,207,224,624 in 2018, a 14.1% increase from the previous year.