2011-01-20 / General Stories

Teacher Salary Survey Released

Average teacher salaries are up by 1.4 percent according to the 2010–11 Salaries and Benefits in Texas Public Schools Teacher Report recently released by the Texas Association of School Boards ( TASB) and Texas Association of School Administrators ( TASA). The TASB/TASA survey, conducted annually by the TASB HR Services Division, is the second of a series of four that is the most definitive study of compensation and benefits practices in Texas. This information is used by policy makers at the local and state levels to make decisions about educator pay and benefits.

Of the 1,029 public school districts asked to participate in the survey, 638 districts responded, representing 62 percent of total districts in the state.

Teacher Salaries

The weighted average teacher salary in responding districts is $ 48,950 for 2010– 11, up 1.4 percent from the 2009–10 average salary of $ 48,263. Weighted average salaries by enrollment range from $41,459 in districts with fewer than 500 students to $51,224 in districts with more than 50,000 students.

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 11 (Fort Worth) has the highest weighted average salary for 2010–11 at $51,370. Twelve percent ( 34,893) of teachers in the sample work in Region 11 districts.

Region 8 (Mount Pleasant) has the lowest weighted average salary at $41,836. One percent (3,543) of teachers in the sample work in Region 8 districts.

Regions 4 ( Houston), 10 (Dallas), 11 (Fort Worth), and 20 (San Antonio) all have average teacher salaries above $50,000. Fifty-eight percent (173,333) of teachers in the survey work in these ESC regions.

While the average salary paid to Texas teachers grew by 1.4 percent, individual districts provided returning teachers an average pay increase of 2.2 percent. This year’s average teacher pay increase is lower than the increase levels seen over the past 10 years.

Average pay increases ranged from 2.1 percent for administrators and professional support employees to 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent for auxiliary and clerical/paraprofessional support employees, respectively. More districts froze the salaries of their nonteacher employees than in previous years. Administrators were most likely to have their salaries frozen. Twenty percent of responding districts did not provide salary increases to district or campus administrators this year.

The average starting salary for a new teacher is $36,009, a 0.6 percent increase from the 2009– 10 average of $ 35,793. This year’s average starting salary is 32 percent higher than the state minimum starting salary of $27,320. The average starting salary in districts with more than 10,000 students is $43,706, a 1.0 percent increase from last year.

Sixty-nine percent of districts (443) pay more to teachers with master’s degrees, typically paid as a stipend. Of those districts, most (90 percent) pay extra for any type of master’s degree ( e. g., educational administration, counselor, etc.). Six percent (43) limit the incentive to only those teachers with a master’s degree in their assigned teaching field.

The average stipend paid for a master’s degree in any area of study is $1,137. The average stipend paid for a master’s degree in the assigned teaching field is $1,812.

Seventy- five percent of respondents (480 districts) pay shortage stipends to teachers in at least one shortage area, which is unchanged from 2009– 10. Most districts (90 percent) with more than 3,000 students pay critical shortage stipends in at least one area.

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