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Old 08-18-2007, 03:39 PM
 
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I'm just curious what the starting salary is for first year teachers in your area. Specifically, how much for a bachelors or masters degree?

Also, are benefits included? If so, what percentage contribution do you make towards them.

Thanks for your imput. Since I don't have a teaching position yet and am single, I'm thinking of relocating.


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It is in the low 30's I believe in Michigan. But if you are relocating don't move to Michigan. Teaching jobs are scarce here.

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29,750 a year- individual districts usually pay a supplement on top of that- mine is 7% of my salary. My benefits are included, and my health insurance (for just me) is free. I'm in NC- and love it! Lots of jobs if you are looking to relocate in the beautiful South!
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NW NJ/SE NY area:

I teach at a Catholic school and the pay there is low (they start at $27 and go up about $1500 a year). However, I interviewed for a public school job nearby (which, alas, I did not get) and the starting salary there was $43,500. That's first year, no experience, no graduate credits.

It is really hard to get into public schools around here (NW NJ). Even at the Catholic schools, they get hundreds and hundreds of apps.

Good luck w/ your job search.
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...we just got a pretty substantial raise, which we are all so excited about! Now, for beginning teachers, starting salary is $40,265...almost a $4,000 raise from last year. With a Master's, it's a little less than $2 grand extra. Benefits are included!

I work in a reputable parish in Louisiana and jobs are sometimes difficult to obtain here.


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seriously tammynyj????????
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a beginning salary of $27 - $1500 a year???? Please tell me this is a typo.

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our website states - "not less than $42,000 starting salary" because we've not been told an "actual" amount yet... (will be at convocation next week).
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You made me crack up! When I say I make no money, I don't really mean it!
We start at $27,000 and each year, our salary goes up approx. $1,500.
That's the Catholic school. Public schools pay much higher.
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Old 08-18-2007, 06:07 PM
 
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About $38,000 plus a bonus because I have my masters.
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In our county the starting pay is about $30,000. We have benefits - retirement and health insurance and more for graduate degrees. There are a lot of jobs in several counties in Florida.


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Old 08-18-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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In one school district in my area, they'll start you at 53K with a BA degree. I really need to get into that district, but it's really hard.

PS--The district is very affluent in case you couldn't tell!

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Old 08-18-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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All these are for district in the Tucson AZ area:

Tucson Unified - 32,000 And I think that is the state minimum and their is no current contract so that is the same as the previous year. The district of offered 1% to the union - This is a right to work state. I think things are going to get nasty. No rumors yet just a feeling.

Vail District - 31,000

Catalina Foothills - 33,000

Marana - 31,196

Sunnyside - 32,225

Flowing Wells - didn't have for this year but last year's base was 27,342.

It's sad to say seven years ago when I left Los Angeles I was making 8,000 more than I will be making now. (I left after 3 years.)
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Here, in most towns, it's low 40's... with a 2,000 increase each year... Not bad! Not great either!
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:30 AM
 
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The starting salary for a Bachelors degree is $42,745-no experience.
The starting salary for a Masters degree is $43,745.

With that being said, there are school districts in Houston and the Houston Metro area that start off making more money.

By the way, it's never to late to locate to the City of Houston or the outlying areas. The jobs here are plentiful. There's no place like the South
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:03 AM
 
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In my part of FL, starting teacher salary w/0 masters is $35,000 (apprx.) with a masters, I am guessing you get $2 to 3K extra, not sure exactly.
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:10 AM
 
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Thanks for the clarification tammy! I know Catholic schools don't pay as much but I thought holy cow things can't be that bad in other parts of the country! Maybe I should increase my CSA contribution!
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:13 AM
 
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53K???? WHOA!!!!


Here in Rock Springs, WY, it's 40,000. It went up 3K from last year.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:10 AM
 
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USA Today had an article about merit pay plans where they listed a table of average and beginning teacher salaries for each state. This is the link to the article:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-08-18-paying-teachers_N.htm

Unfortunately they do not give any further info about benefits, raises, or, most importantly, cost of living in each state.
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:21 AM
 
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The starting salary for Texas teachers is $27,320. That is with a Bachelors degree. Most district pay a tad more for a masters, but maybe a 1,000 more. The USA Today article lists Texas starting salary at 33,775. That is more than I make now after 6 years public school experience!

Here is the breakdown for Texas:


New state minimum salary for 2007-08

0 years experience
27,320

1
27,910

2
28,490

3
29,080

4
30,320

5
31,560

6
32,800

7
33,950

8
35,040

9
36,070

10
37,040

11
37,960

12
38,840

13
39,650

14
40,430

15
41,160

16
41,860

17
42,510

18
43,130

19
43,720

20 and over
44,270
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:19 AM
 
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Our district pays $31,500 if you are a beginning teacher with a Bachelor's degree. Beginning salary with a master's is $35,100. Each one goes up $550 a year. Pitiful, I know. Other schools in the state may be much higher or much lower. It's not the same throughout the state.
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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The starting salary at my district is 33,400, no benefits included in that and that is the highest in the area. I know Louden Co. VA was offering contracts at $46000 for new teachers at a job fair in Jan. But that is on the other side of the state from me! DARN!

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Here in northern VA, starting salaries are pretty decent, I think.
BA with no exp.= $43,065
MA with no exp.=$48,289

Having a master's really helps, as you can see! It's a bragging point, and most new teachers have one. Here's the county link--they just hired 800 new teachers (not a typo), in great, newer schools too!

http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/

Two neighboring counties pay slightly more, Fairfax and Arlington.
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Linny you must be from Jersey....
the starting my my district is 46 with bachelors
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Pretty much every district in New Jersey is over 40,000. I'm starting at 45,170 with benefits.
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wow, I think I am a little depressed! Here in Hawaii, with a very high cost of living, starting with a teaching license/degree is 39,000 something I believe. It does not necessarily go up much each year-- the one posting about a higher salary and going up every 2000 (was that CT? I forget!) just depresses me! !
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Grace K, they don't have a salary scale based on yearly steps going up and up? I can't believe that in Hawaii considering how expensive it is for housing!

I teach in northern VA now at year 13 with a Master's +12 at $65,016.

Penn., NY and NJ teachers tend to be heavily recruited here, and this year, we are seeing quite a few Michigan transplants.

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I started at 30K six years ago in a charter school. Most public schools around here are mid to high 30s, with a few being in the low 30s. Catholic schools are much lower, although my sister is making about 29K at one.

I agree with a previous poster though-- don't even think of relocating to Michigan. There are thousands of new teachers every year here, and no jobs. Of course, in Michigan right now, there are no jobs for anyone, not just teachers
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Hello,

Around where I sub most districts are in the $33k to $40k range. The 40k district is a prestige one and usually does not hire anyone with less than a masters degree and a 4.0 QPA.

If you are thinking of moving, Pennsylvania is not a good choice to consider. I was told that there are over 6,000 elementary certified teachers in Allegheny County (the county where Pittsburgh, PA is located) who are not employed by a school district. This was told to me by a former superintendent (retired) working as needed as a principal.

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I am a Michigan teacher as well. I started out at about $36,000 for my first year in a public school. But as mentioned above, no jobs here (my district alone still has nearly 100 people on layoff).
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when looking for a job.. dont just let starting pay fool you.. look at the incriments after a few years.. NO was trying to lure new teachers with 38,ooo and a 10,000 signing bonus.. but after 12 years.. you were only making 42,000

I teach in MN 12 years masters +60 67,000

starting salary.. no experoence 32, 738 with a masters 35,044

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Mentorteach-- from what I am told (I am fairly new to the district), we don't automatically move up the pay scale each year to a new step. I am on the same step as last year, but the union negotiated a pay raise. I don't get it. When I taught in NM years ago, we went up a step each year (and about 1000/year). Now, I see, that district gives you a raise of about 100$ for each year.... and about 100$ for each lateral move (education). I could *not* believe it when I saw it. I think the difference in the top pay and beginner salary was separated by like 5000 total.
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Jwhitg, I think you mean the MINIMUIM salary is $27,320 in Texas.

In the North Texas area we start around $41,000. In my district a masters gives you $800 more a year.
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Right - I taught in Dallas and started at 40K. The smaller districts, like I am at now, pay the state minimum. We also do not receive compensation for a Masters, but it is a hand off. I would not go back to a bigger school for anything!
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