School Districts Must Be Creative in Hiring, Retaining Tech Staff
by Troy Bryant
Keeping Up with the Private Sector
Samong school districts also can vary based on location. For example, school districts in the Dallas, Edinburg, and Houston regional areas pay database administra- tors significantly more on average than the
same role in the Austin, El Paso, and San
Antonio areas, according to the 2017–18
TASB HR Services Salary Survey.
Recruiting Technology Staff
Market salary differences can make it
difficult for public schools to get a strong
pool of high-quality applicants. Fortunate-
ly, many technology workers are currently
seeking new employment. While salary is
the biggest catalyst in driving tech workers
to change employers, it’s not the only fac-
tor they consider.
Reasons for changing employers.
According to the 2018 Dice Tech salary
survey, 42 percent of technology profes-
sionals anticipate changing employers in
2018 for these reasons:
• 63 percent—higher compensation
• 45 percent—better working conditions
• 30 percent—more responsibility
• 23 percent—anticipate losing current
School districts can’t offer all the
money and perks Google and Apple can,
but what can districts do to recruit and
retain talented technology staff?
By understanding what motivates and
drives today’s technology workers, districts
can take steps to improve recruiting strategies and support retention of high-quality
Technology is integral to all organizations across every industry, so it’s not
unexpected to see the demand for IT
talent skyrocketing. Of course, with high
demand comes even higher salaries. The
average annual salary for a US technology
professional is $92,712, according to the
2018 Dice Tech Salary Report.
When comparing pay for some common technology positions in K- 12 public
schools in Texas to private sector (
non-school) market salary values, there are substantial differences in compensation.
Texas school districts pay almost 20
percent less than their non-school counterparts in the state for these positions.
Because Texas is such a big state, pay
TX K- 12 School
Database Administrator $72,574 $89,756 $17,182
Systems Programmer - Entry $61,537 $74,895 $13,358
Network Technician (hourly) $27.07 $32.78 $5.71
Computer Technician (hourly) $20.77 $25.32 $4.55