Pay Increases Expected in New School Year

May 18, 2021 • Sarah James

Pay Increases Expected in New School Year

Most Texas school districts responding to our quick poll intend to implement a pay increase for the 2021–2022 school year.

TASB HR Services polled Texas school districts to find out their best estimates of planned pay increases for the new school year. Of the responding districts, 85 percent anticipate giving pay increases for the 2021–2022 school year for most employee groups. 

Pay Increase Poll Groups

Districts across Texas planning a salary increase report a median pay raise of 2 percent for each surveyed pay group—teachers, administrators/professionals, clerical/paraprofessionals, and auxiliary. That number is consistent across all district enrollment levels. However, some regions saw a little more variation. Districts in Education Service Center (ESC) 14 (Abilene) estimate a 2 percent increase for administrators/professionals but less than 2 percent for all other groups. ESC 9 (Wichita Falls) districts anticipate higher numbers, between 2.25 and 3 percent for all groups.

These raises include step increases but not one-time, lump sum payments. Only 2 percent of those intending to give raises did not plan an increase for teachers.

Pay Increase Poll Teacher Increases

The poll was conducted in April 2021 and includes responses from 468 Texas public school districts across all enrollment sizes. The poll was not administered for the 2020–2021 school year because of disruptions from the pandemic. Projected pay increases reported by participants may change as a result of districts’ final budget calculations or due to outcomes from the current session of the Texas Legislature.

Pay Increase Poll respondents received a summary of responses. Data on 2020–2021 salaries can be found in TASB HRDataSource™ (member login required).

Sarah James is the communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Sarah an email at

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