A number of different components go into making a faculty salary at UBC, including a starting salary, a negotiated general wage increase, merit/PSA increases and career progress increments (CPI). Below are some details of the current salary agreements. If you have any questions please contact us.

Starting Salary

Your starting salary is negotiated between you and your Department Head when you are offered an appointment. With the exception of Librarian, Sessional faculty and Lecturer positions, the University has neither salary scales nor minimum scales. To negotiate effectively you should know average salaries for your rank, Faculty, department and years of experience at this and comparable institutions. The Faculty Association may be able to provide information about current average salaries at UBC.

Salary Increases

Salary increases and other economic benefits are negotiated by the Faculty Association during collective bargaining, which occurs every 2 to 4 years. Salary increases usually become effective on July 1. When there is a general increase, all continuing members, including sessionals and lecturers, receive it.

Career Progress Increments

Each year continuing members of the bargaining unit, excluding sessionals, receive a career progress increase to their salaries so long as they show satisfactory progress.

Members who are eligible, but who are not awarded an increment, are entitled to an explanation, in writing if they so request. The schedule of increases is available at this link. In cases where a faculty member is promoted before receiving all CPI applicable to their rank, the remaining increments will be carried forward and awarded (to a maximum of one CPI unit per year) in addition to those applicable to the higher rank, until they are exhausted. The dollar amount of the CPI unit varies from year-to-year. 

Unit values from 1996-present:

2022     $2,151
2021     $2,119
2020     $2,023
2019     $2,172
2018     $2,167
2017     $2,202
2016     $1,981
2015     $1,875
2014     $1,854
2013     $1,684
2012     $1,632
2011     $1,618
2010     $1,580
2009     $1,499
2008     $1,425
2007     $1,354
2006     $1,296
2005     $1,233
2004     $1,213
2003     $1,215
2002     $1,200
2001     $1,145
2000     $1,113
1999     $1,103
1998     $1,050
1997     $1,030
1996     $1,100


Faculty are also eligible for Merit and Performance Salary Adjustments (PSA)  awards annually. The Association negotiates the total amount to be allocated to such awards and the processes and criteria for awarding merit and PSA are delineated in the Collective Agreement. The Association can assist you if you have concerns about how merit/PSA are being awarded or withheld. Criteria for merit awards are the same as those for promotion and tenure or reappointment of lecturers. Members continue to be eligible for consideration for merit awards and performance salary adjustments while on study leave.


Minimum salaries for librarians are available in the current Collective Agreement.

Please note that Part-time General Librarians with appointments less than 50% or less than one (1) year receive 12% in lieu of benefits and vacation pay.


As of July 1, 2019 there is a new salary minimum of $70,216 for full-time Lecturers. This amount increases each year by the general wage increase.


The current minimum salary scales for sessional lecturers are available in the current Collective Agreement.