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How you are paid: start and end dates

TSSU members are paid on a biweekly salary scale. Each 4-month semester corresponds to approximately 17 weeks, divided into 8.5 pay periods. Appointments during Intersession (May-June) and Summer (July-August) semesters have 4 pay periods. On your contract for the semester, the contract start and end dates indicate when you're an employee, while the payroll start and end dates indicate your schedule of pay. Because these dates don't often align, you may receive your last paycheque prior to the end of your work contract.

SFU's current payroll schedule can be found here.

Rates of pay by Job Type

The basic components of the salary scale for each category of employment are listed below. For more information contact us.

TAs & TMs

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of Base Units (BUs) which include 4% vacation pay. One BU corresponds to a maximum of 42 hours of work (less 1.1 hours for statutory holiday compensation). The dollar value per BU varies depending on your status as a student; all values are effective May 1, 2021:

Student StatusClassificationSalary per BUScholarship per BU*Total per BU*
UndergraduateUndergrate TA/TM (UTA/UTM)$1094$0$1094
Master'sGraduate TA/TM 1 (GTA1/GTM1)$1094$154$1248
PhD Graduate TA/TM 2 (GTA2/GTM2)$1094$384$1478
Non-StudentExternal TA/TM (ETA/ETM)$1094$0$1094

*less unworked prep BUs (typically 0.17 BUs, but with some exceptions)

While TSSU and SFU have a difference regarding the method of calculation, from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 the following will work to calculate your salary.

Using the table below you can calculate your correct rate of pay by multiplying the number of base units by the salary, and adding that amount to the amount obtained by multiplying the number of base units, less the 0.17 base units for unworked preparation, by the scholarship amount appropriate to your status. There are some exceptions to the base units subtracted for unworked preparation (eg: subsequent appointments in mathematics or statistics workshops).

For example, a GTA1 with a 5.17 BU appointment for Fall 2020 would receive 5.17 BUs x $1,071 salary + 5 BUs x $150 scholarship = $6,287 in total compensation.

TA/TM Historical Pay Amounts

DateSalaryGTA1/GTM1 ScholarshipGTA2/GTM2 ScholarshipValue of 0.17 schedule
May 1, 2021$1094$154$384$188
May 1, 2020$1088$153$382$187
May 1, 2019$1071$150$376$184
April 30, 2019$1050$147$368$180
May 1, 2018$1,031$144$361$176
May 1, 2017$1,011$141$354$172
May 1, 2016$992$138$347$169
May 1, 2015$982$137$343$167
May 1, 2014$972$135$340$165
May 1, 2013$972$135$340$165

Sessional Instructors

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of contact hours which includes 4% vacation pay.

Using the table below you can calculate your correct rate of pay by multiplying the total number of contact hours (including the 1.25 contact hours for initial and ongoing preparation) by the salary rate listed below to determine your total compensation.

For example, a Sessional Instructor with 3 hours of weekly contact in Fall 2021 would receive (3.0 contact hours + 1.25 contact hours for prep) x $1,604 = $6,817 total compensation.

DateSalary per Contact HourValue of 0.25 schedule
May 1, 2021$1604$402
May 1, 2020$1596$400
May 1, 2019$1572$394
April 30, 2019$1541$386
May 1, 2018$1514$379
May 1, 2017$1,485$371
May 1, 2016$1,457$365
May 1, 2015$1,443$361
May 1, 2014$1,428$357
May 1, 2013$1,428$357

Graduate Facilitators

Wages are paid on a salaried basis based on a initial contracted number of hours. Unlike for TA/TMs, the rates below do NOT include vacation pay, and either 4% or 6% will be paid on top, as owed pursuant to the Employment Standards Act.

DateHourly Rate (+ vacation pay)
May, 1, 2021$27.84 / hr
Sept 1, 2020$27.29 / hr
June 10, 2019$25.50 / hr
Pre Unionization:$24.04 / hr

English Language and Culture (ELC) / Interpretation and Translation Program (ITP) / International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Instructors

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of contact rate, where 1 contact hour is a total of 2.33 hours of work, and thus 15 contact hours per week is a full 35 hour work week.


Effective May 1, 2021

ExperienceContact RateActual Rate


Effective May 1, 2021

Service Years May 1, 2021

Guide on how to check your pay stubs

  1. Log in to myINFO;
  2. Click "Payroll and Compensation Home";
  3. Click "View Paycheques";
  4. You will see a list of pay stubs -- select view paycheque to open a pdf copy that can be printed or saved.

Here's an image with a guide to your pay stub.

  1. Download our TSSU Wage Tracker Here (Excel File)
  2. Follow the directions found on each excel sheet & the intro sheet.
  3. Add up all of your biweekly gross amounts in our convenient downloadable excel spreadsheet by each semester you were employed (you can switch between semesters at the bottom by clicking on the different excel 'sheet').

If you think that you have lost pay for any reason, please contact us.

To read more about your pay in the Collective Agreement please see p. 58 (TA); p. 63 (Sessional Instructor); p. 66 (TM); p. 112 (ELC/ITP Instructor).

Wage Problems at SFU

Recently, TSSU members noticed significant fluctuations in their biweekly salary and investigated why this was happening. In the process, they uncovered the following issues:

Below is a guide on how to determine if any of the above has happened to you. Depending on how many semesters you've taught at SFU, the wage tracker could take some time to complete. Download our TSSU Wage Tracker Here (Excel File)

TSSU has identified at least four types of illegal wage theft at SFU:

1. How to spot if SFU is under-paying

If you notice that you are being underpaid, contact us.

2. How to spot if SFU is withholding pay

If SFU has withheld your pay, contact us.

3. How to spot if SFU is illegally deducting pay

SFU must seek your agreement, in writing, for any other deductions. Deductions for over-payment, tuition deferment, accidental scholarship disbursement, or for any other reason are illegal without your written consent to a mutually agreeable repayment schedule.

If you have negative numbers on your pay stub and do not know why, contact us.

4. How to spot if SFU is charging you for business expenses

If you have paid any costs for your TSSU appointment, contact us.

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