Staff Numbers and Salary Information for City of Toronto Employees
A total of 51,437 people worked for the City of Toronto across 51 operational divisions in 2017, according to Operating Budget Estimates. In that year, a total of $5.5 billion was spent in salaries and benefits for all City workers, making up 51% of total City Expenses.
Information about staff numbers are usually excluded from the City's consolidated financial statements, appearing instead as disclosures and analyst note documents in the annual Operating Budget cycle. An example of a disclosure from the 2017 Operating Budget cycle can be found here.
How many are employed at individual divisions?
The Toronto Transit Commission comprises the largest of the 51 divisions with 14,005 employees. The Toronto Police Service is second-largest at 7,881. In all, there are 12 divisions with over 1,000 employees. The table below can be sorted alphabetically and from largest to smallest.
|Affordable Housing Office||19||19||19||19|
|Arena Boards of Management||67.7||67.7||66.6||67.4|
|Association of Community Centres||77.9||77.9||77.9||77.4|
|Auditor General's Office||32||31.5||29.5||29.5|
Estimating employee remuneration
The chart below shows the staff counts and average salaries at the 10 largest operating divisions in the City of Toronto. The size of individual circles is a proportional representation of the number of the employees in that division.
NOTE: the Operating Budget reports disclose salaries as "Salaries & Benefits" and report them as totals. The average reported here is calculated by dividing the reported salary total by the number of employees working as of 2016.
The City does not disclose salaries of individual City employees making over a certain amount in salaries. The province of Ontario however does disclose information on provincial employees making over $100,000 annually as part of the Public Salary Disclosure Act.
|Affordable Housing Office||2,836||2,283||2,245||2,230|
|Arena Boards of Management||4,692||4,479||4,348||4,185|
|Association of Community Centres||6,968||6,787||6,621||6,372|
|Auditor General's Office||5,377||4,783||4,521||4,542|
|City Clerk's Office||40,435||39,233||39,265||44,063|
For some city divisions, the totals spent on salaries are disclosed as components of an operating function. The treemap on the right displays the breakdown for Toronto Paramedic Services. No such breakdown is available, say for Toronto Police Services however; the budgeted total salary expense for 2017 were reported only as a single value of $1,006,149,800.
Toronto Water is another city division that provides salary expense breakdowns by activity. However, without knowing the number of employees assigned to these activity areas, it is not possible to derive anything more than a broad average for the entire city division.
Improving Quality of Disclosures
The availability of detailed information about municipal operations is key to helping Toronto residents understand how the city allocates and remunerates human resources across different functional areas . This data story attempts to translate the current status of disclosures into a broader understanding of staffing and remuneration and identify gaps in the available data. Some caveats of the above analysis include:
The data sources include budgeted estimates approved by the City Council. The actual numbers for salaries are shown as lump sums in the audited annual reports, and thus the variance from the budgeted amounts is not easily calculated. Additionally, the available salary information is shown as gross amounts and include the value of benefits. As benefits vary widely according to staff seniority, salary range, unionization status and other factors, the estimates for average salary should be taken with caution.