In the wake of House Bill 3 (HB 3), the median teacher pay increase was 7.0 percent among participants in the 2019–2020 TASB District Personnel Salary Survey.
HB 3 increased the funds most districts had available for pay increases via an increase to the basic allotment and requirements about how it be spent. Of the amount allocated to pay increases for a given district, at least 75 percent had to be directed toward teachers, librarians, nurses, and counselors.
Among the 505 participants in this year’s TASB District Personnel Salary Survey, this more than tripled the median increase for teachers over last year’s median increase. And, increases were nearly double last year’s median increase for administrators and more than double for the other job groups. For the previous two surveys, all job groups had median increases of 2.0 percent.
|Fall 2019 Increases by Group
|Clerical Staff & Instructional Aides
|Auxiliary & Hourly Support
Specifically, two factors led to the rise of median pay increases as a result of HB 3:
- Districts that had already budgeted for a pay increase may have used the influx to provide larger increases and/or target additional increases toward retention and equity.
- Districts that could not initially afford to give any pay increase were able to give anywhere from 1 percent to more than 20 percent, depending on their district’s situation after HB 3.
Planning for next year
Compensation planning for 2020–2021 is underway for many school districts. We expect many districts will resume their patterns of 2 and 3 percent increases, though many districts may work to make adjustments to specific jobs where market competitiveness is suffering due to significant peer district increases. We don’t expect to see regular pay increases of this size again unless the basic allotment increases.
HR Services members have access to tools that can help with the compensation planning process. Both are available after logging into myTASB.
- DataCentral allows members to run salary reports for a variety of benchmark positions to compare their district data to a custom list of peer districts.
- HR Library has several resources regarding communication of compensation to employees.
Janelle Guillory is an assistant director at TASB HR Services. Send Janelle an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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