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Teacher compensation average is over $64,500

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released their state allotment information for the 2017-18 school year.  The spreadsheets they provide are chock-full of data.

Teacher compensation breaks down like this:

$47,034 – salary (based on the 6th pay period of the 2016-17 school year)

$3,598 – Social Security (7.65 percent of total salaries)

$8,057 – retirement contribution (17.13 percent of total salaries)

$5,869 – health insurance (per position per year)

$64,558 – total

Often, debates about teacher compensation revolve around average salaries but not benefits.  Indeed, teachers will receive at least $17,524 in benefits this year, a figure that has increased significantly under the leadership of the Republican-led General Assembly.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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