Average teacher salaries tick up, pay increases steady for 2015‒16

–For the 2015‒16 school year, average teacher pay increases in Texas remain unchanged from last year, according to results from the annual TASB Teacher Compensation in Texas Public Schools survey.

The average Texas teacher salary rose to $52,090, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s average of $51,041. Average teacher salaries have grown steadily since 2011, when salaries dipped due to education funding shortfalls.

The average salary for beginning Texas teachers is $38,828—38 percent above the starting 2015‒16 state minimum teacher salary. Forty-five percent of responding districts (276) have an entry-level salary of $40,000 or greater. Ten percent of districts have an entry-level salary of $50,000 or more.

About 90 percent of teachers in the state received a base salary increase for 2015‒16. In districts that gave raises (including experience-based step increases), the average pay increase for returning teachers was 2.8 percent, the same as last year. Teacher pay raises lag 2000‒01 to 2009‒10 levels, when increases averaged nearly 4 percent per year.

Looking at pay increases by community type as classified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), districts in major suburban communities gave teachers the largest average increase (3 percent). Rural districts—the largest group in the state—gave a 2.9 percent pay raise on average, while major urban districts provided their teachers with a 2.7 percent raise on average.

Of the teacher shortage stipends surveyed, districts pay math (332 districts) and science (307 districts) stipends most frequently. The highest stipend amounts on average are in the areas of bilingual education and math: $2,784 and $2,650, respectively.

For 2015‒16, 614 Texas school districts, representing some 90 percent of the estimated total population of teachers in Texas public schools, are reported in the survey data.

HR Services members can access the full 2015‒16 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. A summary report (PDF) of the final results of the survey will be available in January 2016.

The TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey, the last salary survey of 2015‒16, wraps up Dec. 11. Be sure your district’s data is included! Visit our Salary Survey Web page to download the survey.