February 2015

New Extra-Duty Stipend Survey results available

Texas school districts use a variety of methods to pay for extra-duty assignments, according to the latest TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey. This survey includes more than 70 extra-duty assignments, covering benchmark athletics, academic, and performing arts stipends in Texas schools.
 
Similar to last year, about 70 percent of respondents indicated that they pay a stipend plus extra days. Districts that do pay extra days typically pay at the employee’s daily rate; other districts pay a standard rate determined by the district, or a combination of both methods.
 
In regard to how districts assign and pay athletic stipends, most (83 percent) pay a separate stipend for each sport coached, unchanged from last year. Other districts (17 percent) pay a single stipend to compensate for all coaching assignments. (For the purposes of our survey, districts that pay a combined stipend were asked to divide the amounts in order to identify payment amounts by sport.)
 
Thirty-four percent of respondents (153 districts) reported paying a stipend to their head football coaches. Across the state, high school head football coaches in Texas receive a median stipend of $7,000 in extra-duty pay, an increase of $175 from last year. Stipends for head football coaches can vary significantly according to the size of the school. Head coaches in Class 1A schools receive $4,000, while Class 6A coaches are paid more than $15,000 in addition to a salary.
 
Approximately half of the districts (52 percent) also pay extra days to head football coaches in addition to an extra-duty stipend. Districts provide a median of 20 extra days. Total compensation for head football coaches, including total value of salaries, stipends, and value of extra days, can be found in our 2014–15 District Personnel Salary Survey in DataCentral.
 
For complete survey results on all the benchmark stipend assignments in our survey, HR Services members can access the 2014‒15 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey results in DataCentral.
 
In DataCentral, users can filter criteria by UIL classification, education service center (ESC), and select districts to create custom comparison reports for athletic, academic, and performing arts stipends for your district.
 
Because of the many unique organizational and personal variables that affect individual stipend payments, the data presented in the survey should be used only to identify general market trends and significant deviations from those trends for local planning purposes.
 
Survey data is based on 452 Texas school districts that participated in this year’s survey, representing 44 percent of districts statewide. Survey data is effective as of October 2014.

Thanks to all of our members for your participation in our salary surveys this year! Your participation provides more robust data for all districts. It’s never too early to encourage neighboring districts to participate in our upcoming 2015–16 surveys.