More than 90 percent of Texas teachers received a base salary increase for 2013-14, according to the Salaries and Wages in Texas Public Schools Report recently released by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).
In districts that gave raises (including step increases), the average pay increase for returning teachers was 2.9 percent. That is up more than half of a percent from 2012–13. Pay increases have climbed nearly 1 percent since 2011, when district concerns about school funding cuts dragged average pay increases to the lowest level in more than 10 years. Teacher pay raises continue to lag 2000–01 to 2009–10 levels, when increases averaged nearly 4 percent per year.
The average Texas teacher salary also saw a nearly 3 percent increase, climbing to $50,166 this year compared to $48,821 in 2012–13. After teacher salaries fell half of a percent to $48,375 in 2011, districts are looking to get past previous funding shortfalls to retain teachers in a more competitive market.
Highlights of the final survey results are available online. HR Services member districts can access the 2013–14 Teacher Salary Survey data in DataCentral. The teacher data includes up-to-date salaries, hiring schedules, teaching field stipends and incentives, and substitute rates.
The TASB/TASA teacher salary survey is the second in a series of four that is the most definitive study of compensation and benefits practices in Texas. This information is used by policymakers at the local and state levels to make decisions about educator pay and benefits.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million students.