Teacher Salary Survey Released

AUSTIN January 29, 2013 - Budgets for teacher pay raises are slightly up for 2012–13 according to the Salaries and Wages in Texas Public Schools Report recently released by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Less than 20 percent of districts froze teacher salaries this year, compared to nearly half of participating districts last year.

While more Texas teachers received a raise this year, the average teacher salary remained relatively flat. Teachers earn an average salary of $49,139, a change of about 1.6 percent over the average salary of $48,375 in 2011-12.

District concerns about school funding shortfalls have been reflected in teacher pay raises for the past three years. The average pay raise for 2012-13 was 2.3 percent, up slightly from last year’s average of 2 percent, which was the smallest raise in more than 10 years. In the past three years, pay raises averaged 2.2 percent, a significant drop from the nearly 4 percent average between 2000-01 and 2009-10.

Cindy Clegg, director of TASB HR Services, believes the lack of any noticeable change in average teacher salary reflects the fact that more highly paid teachers are retiring and being replaced by less experienced teachers at lower salaries. Clegg states, "The average teacher salary actually dropped for the first time in history in 2011-12. Because teacher salaries are strongly correlated to years of service, the loss of so many experienced teachers keeps the state average from improving."

Other survey highlights:

Differentiated teacher pay for critical shortage areas continues to grow. Seventy-four percent of districts pay critical shortage area stipends to teachers in at least one critical shortage area, up 2 percent from 2011-12.
Of the shortage stipends surveyed, districts pay a math stipend most frequently. Similar to last year, the areas of math and bilingual education pay the highest stipends, $2,441 and $2,495 respectively.

The TASB/TASA teacher salary survey is the second in a series of four that is the most definitive study of compensation and benefits practices in Texas. This information is used by policymakers at the local and state levels to make decisions about educator pay and benefits. TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million public school students.

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