The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has released its Texas Public Schools Teacher Report, revealing the state’s teachers are making 1.4% more for 2011-2011 than they were a year earlier.
This is the second such survey taken by the TASB’s HR Services Division, and is the most definitive report on Texas educators’ compensation and job benefits. Out of the state’s 1029 public school districts, 638 (62%) took part in the survey. Local and state-level policy makers use this data to determine teacher pay levels and benefits.
This year’s survey included 303,403 (90%) of all Lone Star public school teachers. With a forecast of a 1% growth rate there are approximately 336,422 teachers working in Texas during 2010-2011. Of the educators included in this study, 220,760 (73%) teach in school districts of at least 10,000 students, and of these districts a full 97% supplied their teachers’ salary information to the survey.
On average the weighted teacher salary in participating school districts is currently $48,950, representing the 1.4% hike. Such salaries vary according to student population, with teachers in districts with less that 500 enrolled making on average $41,459 while those with at least 50,000 making about $51,224. The Education Service Center (ESC) Region 11 (Ft. Worth) pays its teachers the state’s highest wages by averaging $51,370 with 12% of the sampling’s teachers working there. Region 8 (Mt. Pleasant) is lowest with 1% (or 3543) of the sampling’s teachers being paid about $41,836 yearly. Regions 4 (Houston,) 10 (Dallas,) 11 (Ft. Worth) and 20 (San Antonio) employ 58% (173,333) of the survey’s teachers, and pay them an average of over $50,000 annually.
Although the overall increase was 1.4%, individual school districts gave returning teachers an average raise of 2.2%, which is lower than the increase levels for the past decade, which ranged from 2.7% for 2004-2004 to 8.6% for 2006-2007, when a legal mandate required a $2500 increase. This year’s House Bill 3646 requires school districts to supply “step” raises based on local salary schedules from the previous school year. An $800-plus yearly raise was required of all districts for 2009-2010.
At 1.8%, districts with at least 10,000 students gave the smallest raises. ESC Regions 19 (El Paso) and 20 (San Antonio) gave raises of 1.7%.
Raises for other faculty members were also down. Administrators and professional support employees were raised 2.1% while auxiliary and clerical/professional support employees received increases of 2.3% to 2.4%, respectively. An increased number of districts froze nonteacher employee salaries. Forty-seven districts (7%) gave raises to no one but teachers while 23% (146) froze wages for one or more employee groups in 2010-2011. Administrators were the largest group to have their salaries fr
ozen, with 20% receiving no increase.
Presently the starting pay for new teachers is $36,009, which is a .6% increase over the $35,793 of a year ago and 32% more than Texas’ overall average minimum beginning wages of $27,320. In districts with at least 10,000 students new teachers can expect to start out at $43,706, which is up 1% from this time last year. One hundred ninety-two (30%) of all Texas school Online Generic districts start teachers out at $40,000 or more, and these districts employ 80% of the educators in the survey. The sampling’s highest reported entry-level annual salary is $50,000. Sixteen districts that employ 660 teachers reported paying their educators according to the State Minimum Salary Schedule.
There are also stipends for higher education credits. A full 443 districts (69%) pay higher wages to teachers who hold Master’s Degrees. Of these districts nine out of ten pay higher for any kind of Master’s Degree. Forty-three reserve stipends only for teachers holding Master’s Degrees in their assigned subject matter. The remaining 4% pay higher for all Master’s Degrees, but even more for teachers holding degrees in their assigned subjects. The overall average stipend for Master’s Degrees is $1137, while the average for degrees in relevant subjects is $1812.
Four hundred and eighty districts (75%) responding to the survey pay shortage stipends to educators in at least one area. The highest number of stipends were paid for mathematics with 49% paying an average of $2419–an increase of 4% over last year. At $2369, science stipends were up 6% over 2009-2010. Bilingual stipends came in next, averaging $2532.
During the 2010-2011 year 15% of the state’s districts (95) provided signing bonuses (averaging $2878) to some new teachers. Seventy-three of these districts (77%) award such signing bonuses only to areas suffering critical shortages or to high-needs campus assignments. Again the subjects most frequently including bonuses are mathematics and science. Only 5% (5) districts give bonuses to all new teachers. Another sixteen districts (2.5%) award stipends as incentives for teachers to accept posts on hard-to-staff campuses. The average such stipend is $2052. regional locations of districts make for great variation in the size of stipends, which range order online from $500 to $5000.
Another 4% of Texas districts (26) pay stipends of $2299 to teachers holding National Board Certifications from the National Board For Professional Teacher Standards. Established in 1949 the TASB is a non-profit organization serving Texas school districts. School board members make up the largest number of the state’s publickly elected officials, and serve more than 4.8 million public school students.