The Canada Revenue Agency’s annual report for 2014 was released this week, and a quick look at some of the findings shows the pay gap between police and non-police employees is far larger than it was a few years ago.
The data shows that police officers are paid about 60 per cent less than other employees across the public sector.
The annual report shows the average annual pay of an RCMP officer is $76,200, while an RCMP public safety officer earns $75,300.
The same data showed that of all the occupations in the public service, only four of them (law enforcement, social work, corrections and police) earn more than the average pay of their non-public sector counterparts.
The lowest-paid occupations in Canada are: nursing, child and youth services, social and social services, child care and related services, and health services.
The highest-paid jobs in Canada were in agriculture and forestry, where an RCMP employee earned $88,300 a year, or $31,100 more than an average public safety employee.
In addition, the average salary for a member of the Canadian Forces (CFS) was $86,700, or about $33,900 more than a public safety worker.
That’s a stark difference, said Bill McRae, a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who specializes in inequality.
“These are very, very high salaries,” McRai told the CBC News Network.
McRae said he’s not surprised that more than half of the people working in the CFS are female.
“It’s pretty shocking when you have a female-dominated organisation,” he said.
“Women are far more likely to be the ones who are doing most of the grunt work and really caring for these families.”
In an emailed statement, CFS spokesperson Colleen Friesen said that while women account for just 1 per cent of CFS members, women make up about a quarter of all officers.
“This is a reflection of the fact that in the past, women were far more frequently promoted, while men were promoted more frequently,” she said.
McKenzie says it’s a question of fairnessWhile the gap between public safety and police is big, the gap is even larger for the RCMP.
Of the 4,094,000 full-time RCMP officers in Canada, about a third are female, while about a fifth are male.
That means nearly 1 in 5 members of the CFP are female or female-headed.
“That means that women are far, far more than twice as likely to hold a police job as they are to be a member in the RCMP,” McKenzie said.
“It’s not a fair representation of women in the workforce.”
McKee said he believes there is a “very systemic issue” with the way the CFI is paid, but that it’s not as much of an issue in the Canadian public service.
“When you look at it across the whole public service — you know, in the government, the RCMP, the police forces — it’s just not a huge deal,” he told the ABC.
“There’s a whole group of people who just don’t have a voice in terms of representation.
They’re not represented by their employer.”
McRays research has found that in 2014, there were 7.4 per cent fewer police officers in the country than there were in 2010.
But, he said, the government has done little to change this ratio, even though it has done a lot to increase public safety funding.
“The public sector doesn’t need this money and they can afford it,” he added.
“But the government hasn’t done anything to fix it.”
McKaye says the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says the number of public servants being paid below the median wage is growing, but he’s skeptical that’s going to change.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of that increase in the last couple of years, and I’m not sure it’s going anywhere,” he explained.
McKayes study also found that the average salaries of police and public safety employees are on average around $20,000 a year lower than the median for the public services sector, and that public safety officers are also paid lower than they were 10 years ago, when the CIF was first established.
McKinsey says there’s a “significant gap” between police pay and the median, and said there is still a lot more work to be done.
“One of the things we have to ask ourselves is, how much money do we really need to spend on these public safety positions?” he said in an email to the CBC.
McClay said there are a lot fewer police positions than there used to be in Canada.
“The number of police jobs has increased in Canada by more than 200 per cent in the three decades since [the CIF] was established,” he wrote.
“And that’s not just in