January 2017, Vol. 1

Teacher salaries rising, but pay increases flat for 2016‒17

by Troy Bryant

The median Texas teacher average salary rose to $47,283, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s median of $46,450, according to the 2016‒17 TASB Salary Survey. Median teacher salaries have been rising steadily since 2012. In 2011, salaries had dipped because of education funding shortfalls.

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The median salary for new Texas teachers is $40,017—43 percent above the starting 2016‒17 state minimum teacher salary. It marks the first time the statewide teacher starting salary has risen above $40,000. Fifty-four percent of responding districts (300) have an entry-level salary of $40,000 or greater, up from 45 percent of districts last year. Fourteen percent of districts have an entry-level salary of $50,000 or more.

For the 2016‒17 school year, average teacher pay increases in Texas dropped slightly 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 average pay increase for returning teachers was 2.5 percent.

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Looking at pay increases by district community type as classified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), districts in independent towns and other central city suburban communities gave teachers the largest average increase (2.7 percent). Rural districts—the largest group in the state—gave a 2.4 percent pay raise on average, while major urban districts provided their teachers with a 2.1 percent raise on average.

Of the teacher shortage stipends surveyed, districts pay math (311 districts) and science (293 districts) stipends most frequently. The highest median stipend amount is in the area of bilingual education ($3,000). In addition, a special education stipend for a self-contained classroom ($2,000) pays $500 more than a general special education stipend ($1,500).

HR Services members can access the full 2016‒17 teacher salary survey data in DataCentral. Use the data to create your own custom comparison reports with the most up-to-date teacher salaries, hiring schedules, teaching shortage stipends and incentives, and more.

For 2016‒17, 560 Texas school districts, representing nearly 90 percent of the estimated total population of teachers in Texas public schools, are reported in the survey data. A summary report (PDF) of the teacher survey results will be available on our website on January 17.