Teacher Salaries, Pay Raises Stagnant for 2017–2018

February 01, 2018 • Troy Bryant

The median Texas teacher average salary rose to $47,898, a slight increase of 1 percent over last year’s median of $47,283, according to the 2017‒2018 TASB Salary Survey. Median teacher salaries have risen steadily over the past few years.

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The median salary for new Texas teachers is $40,074—43 percent above the starting 2017‒2018 state minimum teacher salary. Last year, the statewide teacher starting salary rose above $40,000 for the first time. Fifty-four percent of responding districts (299) have an entry-level salary of $40,000 or greater, similar to last year. Sixteen percent of districts have an entry-level salary of $50,000 or more, up two percentage points from last year.

For the 2017‒2018 school year, average teacher pay increases in Texas were nearly unchanged from last year, according to results from the annual TASB salary survey of teacher compensation in public schools. In districts that gave raises (including experience-based step increases), the median average pay increase for returning teachers was 2.3 percent.

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Looking at pay increases by district community type as classified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), districts in major suburban, non-metropolitan fast growing, other central city, and other central city suburban communities gave teachers the largest increase (median 2.5 percent). Rural districts—the largest group in the state—gave a 2.2 percent pay raise. Major urban districts provided their teachers with a 2.1 percent raise, the lowest among the community types.

Of the teacher shortage stipends surveyed, districts pay math and science stipends most frequently. The median stipend amounts for math and science is $2,500. Among shortage stipends, the highest median stipend amount is in the area of bilingual education ($3,000), unchanged from 2016‒2017.

In addition, nearly 80 percent of districts indicated they pay an incentive to teachers with a master’s degree. Twenty-eight districts pay for any type of master’s degree but pay a larger stipend to teachers with advanced degrees in their subject area. The median stipend paid for a master’s degree in any area of study is $1,000, identical to last year. The median stipend paid for a master’s degree in a specific teaching field is $1,500.

For 2017‒2018, 558 Texas school districts, representing nearly 90 percent of the estimated total population of teachers in Texas public schools, are reported in the survey data.

For more teacher salary survey results, view the summary report (PDF) available on our website. HR Services members can also access the full survey data in DataCentral. Subscribers can use the data to create their own custom comparison reports for teacher average salaries, starting teacher pay, teaching shortage stipends and incentives, and more.

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