Teacher Salary Survey Shows
Pay Raise Budgets Up Slightly
Budgets for teacher pay raises are slightly up for 2012–13,
according to the Salaries and Wages in Texas Public Schools
Report recently released by TASB and the Texas Association
of School Administrators (TASA). Less than 20 percent of
districts froze teacher salaries this year, compared to nearly
half of participating districts last year.
While more Texas teachers received a raise this year, the
average teacher salary remained relatively flat. Teachers earn
an average salary of $49,139, a change of approximately
1.6 percent over the average salary of $48,375 in 2011–12.
District concerns about school funding shortfalls have been
reflected in teacher pay raises for the past three years. The
average pay raise for 2012–13 was 2. 3 percent, up slightly
from last year’s average of 2 percent, which was the small-est raise in more than 10 years. In the past three years, pay
raises averaged 2. 2 percent, a significant drop from the
nearly 4 percent average between 2000–01 and 2009–10.
Cindy Clegg, director of TASB HR Services, said she believes
the lack of any noticeable change in average teacher salary
reflects the fact that more highly paid teachers are retiring
and being replaced by less-experienced teachers at lower
“The average teacher salary actually dropped for the first
time in history in 2011–12,” Clegg said. “Because teacher
salaries are strongly correlated to years of service, the loss of
so many experienced teachers keeps the state average from
Other survey highlights include the following:
• Differentiated teacher pay for critical shortage areas
continues to grow. Seventy-four percent of districts
pay critical shortage area stipends to teachers in at
least one critical shortage area, up 2 percent from
• Of the shortage stipends surveyed, districts pay a
math stipend most frequently. Similar to last year, the
areas of math and bilingual education pay the highest
stipends: $2,441 and $2,495 respectively.
The TASB/TASA teacher salary survey is the second in a series of four surveys that comprise the most definitive study
of compensation and benefits practices in Texas. This information is used by policymakers at the local and state levels
to make decisions about educator pay and benefits.
A complete version of the report is available for purchase
from the TASB Store; visit store.tasb.org/. For more information about the survey or TASB HR Services, visit tasb.
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