More than 2,100 Mississauga and Brampton cops, civilian workers earn $100,000 a year


Published March 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

(Photo: Peel Regional Police)

More than 100 Peel Regional Police officers and civilian workers hit the $100,000 annual salary mark for the first time last year, bringing the total number of such “Sunshine List” earners on Canada’s third-largest police force to more than 2,100.

Roughly two in every three people employed by Peel police–2,105 out of about 3,100 (2,200 police officers and some 900 civilian workers)– earned an annual salary north of six figures in 2022, according to Ontario’s latest Public Sector Salary Disclosure list, more commonly known as the “Sunshine List.”

The list, released last Friday, also revealed that those 2,105 police employees in Peel collectively took home $282.9 million, for an average salary of $134,411.

Of those, the vast majority are police officers, mostly constables (1,440). The average salary of a Peel constable last year was $129,880.

Peel’s police force is the second-largest municipal force in Ontario.

Last year’s “Sunshine List” shows 1,994 Peel police employees earned six-figure salaries in 2021 (average of $132,397 per employee) while 1,864 made the list in 2020.

By comparison when looking at the most-recent list, 5,198 Toronto Police Services employees made $100,000 or more in 2022  (combined $706 million in salaries, average of $135,822 per worker).

In total, the Toronto police force employs about 7,700 people, 5,500 of whom are police officers.

Once again topping the list of earners on the Peel police force last year was Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah, who took home $352,502, up from his salary of $327,220 in 2021.

He earned $299,196 in 2020 as only the third-highest earner on the force in 2020 (making less than two deputy chiefs at the time).

Rounding out the top five earners in 2022 are Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich ($306,164), Deputy Chief Marc Andrews ($303,396), Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi ($296,215) and Officer-Prisoner Escort Silva Russo ($283,714).

Only one police chief in the GTA earned more than Peel’s top cop did in 2022.

Former Toronto Police Chief Donald Ramer made $355,012 last year while police chiefs in Halton (Stephen Tanner $316,101), Hamilton (Frank Bergen $309,549) and York (James MacSween $303,324) earned less.

In annual recruiting efforts, Peel police say they offer a good salary and comprehensive benefits package for both cops on the street and civilian workers.

Here’s what a police officer in Peel earns (not including overtime):

  • Cadet, second class–$49,845
  • Cadet, first class–$54,829
  • Recruit constable–$59,813
  • Constable, fourth class–$69,783
  • Constable, third class–$79,752
  • Constable, second class–$89,720
  • Constable, first class–$107,496

The “Sunshine List” is released each year at this time to identify provincial and municipal government workers who earn more than $100,000 annually. The purpose is to provide transparency into the spending patterns of government bodies and agencies.

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