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Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

January 12, 2021 • Catherine Rubiera

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

Results from the 2020–2021 District Personnel Survey are now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

Teacher highlights from statewide data are available for download and cover typical starting pay and hiring schedules, median average salaries, shortage area stipends, degree and leadership stipends, and substitute pay rates. Of 1,020 districts, 576 participated as of data analysis, representing 56 percent of districts in Texas. For districts with 3,000 or more students, participation was 85 percent.

Key teacher findings for respondents include:

  • Median starting salary for a new teacher is $43,250, down 1.7 percent from last year. Decreased statewide medians are due to an increase in participation among smaller districts. The highest reported entry salary is $60,000.
  • Median teacher average salary is $51,989, down 0.3 percent from 2019–2020 (also influenced by the increase in small district participation).
  • The vast majority, 82 percent, pay shortage stipends to teachers in at least one identified shortage area.

Regarding pay increase:

  • Median pay increases across all pay groups (teacher, administrative professional, clerical paraprofessional, and auxiliary) is 1 percent.
  • Of responding districts, 34 percent did not give a pay increase for the 2020–2021 school year, while 11 percent reported a one-time payment.

All participants were given an opportunity to provide suggestions or comments about improving the online survey. The suggestions and comments will be reviewed and factored into improvements for next year. Thank you for all the feedback!


Catherine Rubiera is a senior data analyst at TASB HR Services. Send Catherine an email at catherine.rubiera@tasb.org.


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