Ryerson’s yearly pay rankings aren’t so sunny

(Ryersonian file photo)

(Ryersonian file photo)

Ryerson’s presence on the “Sunshine List” has increased by 54 additional employees this year, taking the list from 892 Ryerson names to 946 — a six per cent increase.

The current list, released by the Ontario Ministry of Finance last Friday, outlines Ontario’s public servants who make an annual income of $100,000 or more.

The list outlines public sector workers from the municipal and provincial governments, hospitals, school boards, universities and colleges.

The number of names on the overall list has increased by 11 per cent to 97,796 names.

CBC reported that the overall public sector salaries declined. However universities saw the opposite.

Ryerson saw an increase in salaries of 0.9 per cent, York University saw a one per cent increase and the University of Toronto went up 0.5 per cent in salaries.

As for colleges, George Brown and Humber Colleges increased their number of employees on the list by between six and eight per cent.

President Sheldon Levy said a simple salary increase can nudge employees who make close to the hundred thousand mark onto the list.

Levy saw a decrease of about $75,300 from what he made last year, making his current salary at $370,475.04.

He said this fluctuation reflects whether he accepts his yearly bonus, which he didn’t do this year.

In comparison to other Ontario university presidents, Levy falls in the middle of the list.

Mamdouh Shoukri, York U president, made $478,405.94 last year, while the former U of T president David Naylor made $388,400.84.

Notable Ryerson faculty saw fluctuations and decreases between the 2012 and 2013 disclosures.

The average salary for the 2013 disclosure at Ryerson was $140,640.87, up from the 2012 average salary, $139,342.10.

Adam Kahan, vice-president of university advancement, made $331,266.60, about $15,000 less than last year.

Vice-president administration and finance, Julia Hanigsberg, on the other hand, saw a very small decrease in 2013, $306,589.72 — a decrease of one cent from 2012.

The individual who had the lowest salary on the “Sunshine List” for Ryerson in 2013 was treasury officer Maher Louis, at $100,069.43.

Files from Erica Huculak

This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on April 2, 2014.

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