Texas schools districts in some regions will struggle to give pay increases for the 2018‒2019 school year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.
The annual survey finds over one-quarter (28 percent) of responding public school districts anticipate freezing pay for 2018‒2019 (up from 24 percent last year).
In ESCs 7–Kilgore and 19–El Paso, 90 percent or more of responding districts expect to give a raise, while less than half of participating districts in ESCs 3–Victoria and 15–San Angelo plan to raise pay. In Central Texas, 81 percent of districts in ESC 13–Austin and 67 percent of districts in 20–San Antonio project pay increases for their employees.
Of districts across Texas planning a salary increase, the median pay raise is 2 percent for each surveyed pay group—teachers, administrators/professionals, and clerical paraprofessionals/auxiliary. Last year’s median teacher pay increase was 2.3 percent, according to the 2017‒2018 TASB Salary Survey.
Looking at pay increase percentages for teachers statewide, 32 percent expect to give a 2 percent raise followed by 21 percent intending to give an increase of 3 percent. Thirty-one percent of districts expect to provide an increase less than 2 percent.
A breakdown by region shows ESCs 4–Houston (3 percent), 9–Wichita Falls (2.5 percent), and 17–Lubbock (2.5 percent) expect the highest teacher pay hikes, while ESCs 6–Huntsville (1.5 percent), 15–San Angelo (1.5 percent), and 19–El Paso (1.5 percent) reported the lowest median teacher increases. Administrator/professional and nonexempt pay increases in these regions generally followed similar trends.
Focusing on the smallest and largest districts in Texas (by student enrollment) reveals 63 percent of districts with fewer than 1,000 students plan to provide a pay raise. In large districts, with 10,000 or more students, 74 percent intend to give a pay raise.
In addition, districts were asked how pay increases would be calculated. For teachers, close to half (43 percent) indicated a step increase only, while 31 percent reported a raise based on the pay range midpoint or market value—similar to last year’s response rate. For administrators/professionals and clerical paraprofessionals/auxiliary, 47 percent and 43 percent, respectively, indicated a pay increase based on the pay range midpoint or market value.
The poll was conducted in April 2018 and includes responses from 354 Texas public school districts across all enrollment sizes. It’s the seventh year HR Services has surveyed member school districts, providing an early picture of pay increases statewide. Projected pay increases reported by participants may be pending final board approval.