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at a glance

• 200 employees
• 100 FTEs
• 46.2 years = average age
• $111,800 per year = average compensation including benefits of a full-time psychologist

There are 200 psychologists in BC’s public health sector who assess and diagnose problems in thinking, feeling and behaviour, and help people to overcome or manage their problems using a variety of treatments or psychotherapies. The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 100 full-time employees. Most psychologists work in acute care facilities (72.4 per cent) and community mental health services (13.8 per cent).

Grade B psychologists account for 91.6 per cent of total psychologist full-time equivalents (FTEs).

FTE and employee trend 2008-2013

FTE and employee trend

The average age of psychologist is 46.2 years, which is less than it was in 2009 (47.4 years). Approximately 24.9 per cent of psychologists are now 55 years or older, a decrease from 2009 when 33 per cent of psychologist were over age 55.

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)


Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time psychologist is $111,800 or $59.50 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, psychologist’s wages have increased by 14.5 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 10.0 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2005-2013)


Compensation breakdown for a full-time psychologist (2013)


Overtime and sick leave
Over the past five years, psychologists have received between one and 1.5 hours of overtime per year. Since 2009, paid sick leave for psychologists have decreased by 2.8 days.

Overtime and sick leave

Last Updated: 26-11-2014