The top paid employees of the University of Toronto

The top paid employees of the University of Toronto - only those with a salary above $100,000 make it to the list. The sun shines on UofT's President & CEO
The top paid employees of the University of Toronto - only those with a salary above $100,000 make it to the list. The sun shines on UofT's President & CEO

On the wave of enthusiasm generated by the observation of the gravitational waves, I decided to dig deep into the mysteries of the universe (university). And something really interesting popped out: the sunshine list.

The sunshine list is a list of all the government employees with an annual salary above $100,000. Pretty neat!

I've extracted the list of all UofT employees (n = 3,194). As you can see from the above graph the sun really shines on UofT's President and CEO ...$937,500!

Just out of curiosity I've plotted the top 20 paid employees to see how the people with a biomedical degree are doing. I had a feeling that having a business degree would generally give a boost on your "expected" salary. Indeed, 14 out of the top 20 employees have a business degree (or at least they are linked to a business faculty...)

top 20 UofT employees - sorted by annual salary

The first person with a biomedical degree - Aled Edwards- can be found in the 11th place. Aled Edwards is a professor at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research according to the sunshine list (2014 data) but a quick Google search brings up more accurate(?) information about Aled.

So here are my suggestions: you can [1] transfer to a business degree. now! or [2] continue doing your biomedical research and stay up-to-date checking out the upcoming biomedical events happening in Toronto and maybe one day you'll be in the top 20 - I personally would be OK with the 3,194th place of this sunshine list, though.