Tag Archives: teacher pay

Wake taxpayers add $8,485 to teachers’ paychecks

Local salary supplements are funds added to the state-mandated base pay of school district employees.  Because the supplements are local dollars, school boards may distribute the funds as they see fit.  Some districts choose to use their local supplement to address staffing needs and priorities, while others distribute them broadly.  For school employees in urbanContinue Reading






Salaries of teachers mentioned in Cooper’s State of the State

Last year, an intern and I attempted to obtain public school employee salary data for each of North Carolina’s 115 school districts.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a central database of employee compensation information.  As a result, we were forced to contact each district and requested that they pull salary dataContinue Reading






NC average teacher pay increased significantly since 2014

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released their Highlights 2017 document late last week.  Here is a graph detailing average teacher pay trends since 2003:






GoBankingRates uses WalletHub method of attracting web traffic

GoBankingRates has a new “study” of average teacher salaries, titled “Here’s How Much Teachers Make in Every State.” Charleston South Carolina-based freelance writer Lia Sestric calculates North Carolina’s average as $43,587, even though the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently reported that the average North Carolina teacher salary is $49,837.  The $6,250 discrepancy falls shortContinue Reading






Legislature’s fiscal research staff detail teacher pay increases

According to the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly, Governor McCrory and state legislators have authorized the following average pay increases for teachers over the last four years: 2013-14: 0% 2014-15: 7% average 2015-16: 3.8% average with bonus and 2.2% without bonus 2016-17: 4.7% average Total (cumulative average): 15.5% (with bonus) or 13.9%Continue Reading






Performance pay produces gains

A new study published by the U.S. Department of Education suggests that there is a relationship between performance pay and student test score gains. In “Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund: Implementation and Impacts of Pay-for-Performance After Three Years,” researchers from Mathematica Policy Research examined the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), a federal program that supportedContinue Reading






NC adjusted teacher salary ranked 29th

Byron Schlomach, the Director of the 1889 Institute, recently published a ranking of average teacher salaries adjusted for cost of living.  North Carolina’s average adjusted salary reached 29th. That said, do not put much stock in the beginning salary ranking.  Dr. Schlomach used figures from 2013, the year that the N.C. General Assembly began boostingContinue Reading






Never let a good lie go to waste

There is always one. Anytime the mainstream media does a story about teacher recruitment, you can count on at least one school district official making claims about teacher pay that are not true. In an article published in the StarNews, Robin Meiers of the New Hanover County Schools human resources office claims that, “Because ourContinue Reading