Teachers, look at this salary schedule in CA!

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  1. futuremathsprof

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    I recently happened across the following salary schedule as I always look to see what teachers in CA are making and I am shocked. Apparently, in Mountain View Los Altos High School District teachers are paid in the six-figure range and I am simply astounished by this. See for yourself:

    http://www.mvla.net/District/Department/125-Personnel-Services-Employment/1709-Salary-Schedules.html

    Click the link and then click “Teacher”.

    I am strongly considering moving here and it would be very doable for me.

    Teachers, I think if any of you are planning on moving to California or if you already live in Cali and are considering a district change, you might want to consider applying at MVLA High School District. Wow!
     
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    Holy crap. I thought my pay was decent, but this is next level right here. Teachers at the end of the BA 60 and BA 75 column are making close to what most administrators (other than superintendents) make around here. Interestingly, the superintendents there make slightly less than here.
     
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    Wow, what's the catch?! I've heard of the city, but had no idea where it is, so I looked it up. I'm about 6 - 6.5 hours away & I live in California already.
     
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    I know, right?! I can’t figure it out.
     
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    Yes, the salary schedule looks appealing. Here’s an important question I’d like to pose: have y’all taken into account the cost of living in that part of CA? I have family in that area—well educated individuals (both RNs) and they can’t afford to purchase a home. I wouldn’t consider moving there for a second!

    The builder I am going with (for my home purchase) is selling in that area. My same home (identical floor plan) is going for $1,849,880 in Mountain View. I got mine for under 330k.

    I am 2 short hours away from Mountain View.
     
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    I figured as much, but I have figured out a workaround. I could commute there as I live roughly close to there (less than 2 hours away). That way, housing would not be an issue for me as I would continue to live in my current residence. What’s more, I already drive 1.5 hours most days after school as I private tutor, so it would be similar to my daily routine.

    I make about 110k-120k right now from my teaching salary (69k) and my tutoring money (40k-50k) combined, so if I made 110k from teaching and 40k from tutoring I would be making 150k minimally, which is terrific. And that figure would quickly rise to the 200k range after a few years.

    I don’t think administration is necessary for me anymore. I think I’ll eventually change jobs to there. I can’t wait!
     
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    I don’t know why, but for some reason, I thought you were in SoCal.

    Don’t you want to get out of living in an apartment and purchase a home?
     
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    I do want to buy a home, but I will in my area where prices are in the 450k-600k range. I could easily afford those prices with the aforementioned salary (please see updated post). I already have 63k saved up, so I have a sizable down payment. I just have been waiting because I want to buy a home outright, but I don’t think that’s the best decision to make anymore.

    Also, I currently rent a two-story home, not an apartment.
     
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    Yeah, you might be waiting many, many more years if you want to make a cash purchase.

    I’m just not a commuter. I can’t imagine driving a lengthy distance to work. My current home is only 5 minutes away from school. My new home will be 10 minutes away. I supposed I’ll get used to it. Sigh.
     
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    Hahaha!
     
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    You have been telling us for a long time how much you love your present job, how much they love you, and how you are going to stay at your school long term because they give you everything you ask for. You do realize that your negotiating power is gone if you go to a public school?
     
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    I must admit that I, too, was completely shocked by his sudden change of life plans. He said he was going to become a VP at his current school because of the high pay, but now he “can’t wait” to move to the MVLA district. Interesting.
     
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    The cost of living in that area is insane so while that is a very high salary scale, it's really not as high as it would seem. Renting a townhouse or house would easily be $3,000 to $6,000 a month. Buying something would be at least $1.5 million, more likely $2-$3 million. Going north towards Redwood City could be a tad less but not much. Can't speak for going south of this area as I'm not familiar with it, but I suspect you'd have to go a decent amount south for it to go down by a lot. So yes, a much higher salary schedule than what I have at my school, but our hosing/rental costs are less than half of that.
     
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    I still can’t believe that my modest home is being built in Mountain View for a price tag of over 1.8 million and I got the same home here in the Central Valley for $330,000.

    No, thanks. I’ll stay riiiiiight where I am!
     
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    Yup - it's crazy high to buy (or rent) in that area for sure! It's a very nice area though for sure. I loved the three years I spent there, but the cost of living is nuts. You'd need two people making in the six figures to be able to buy something, and even then a big chunk of your salary would be going towards your mortgage. Which is why as much as I liked living in that area, there's no way we'd move back unless I hit the lottery LOL!
     
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    But
    But if your commute home each afternoon is 1.5 hours to 2 hours, wouldn't that cut into your tutoring time?

    Driving 3 to 4 hours a day on top of a full-time job would be too much for me.

    Teaching is stressful but you seem to be well-adapted to your current environment. If you make a switch like this, be aware that there will be many different stressors to which you'll have to adapt, different teaching expectations, different expectations from parents. I might have you mixed up with someone else, but I think you are the poster who reuses old lesson plans pretty much identically from year-to-year? If you switch schools, I'd expect you to have to revamp your lesson plans to align with different standards and pacing.
     
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    I just caution you to realize that a new school, especially a jump from private to public, can be a huge change. Although your job title might be the same, the job itself could be very different.
     
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    You’ve raised some valid points that I would like to address. First, MVLA district is an hour farther than I current drive to work, which is not too bad. Second, I largely tutor in that area anyway and the surrounding schools after work so my total commute time would be about the same since I drive there after school pretty much every day.
     
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    1) I do LOVE my present job, but I also said if I ever find greener pastures that I would move on. The advantages would have to outweigh the disadvantages.

    2) I know many public schoolteachers who negotiated their steps on the salary schedule when they moved to another school because their field was in high demand. I could asked to be placed higher on the salary schedule, but I wouldn’t be able to be negotiate after I’m hired and my contract is finalized pretty much. And the salary would more than make up for the loss of my negotiating power thereafter.

    3) Money is my primary motivating factor. I will always follow where the money is. At my current school, my salary schedule will max out at 100k. I want to make much more than that every single year that I work, not including tutoring.
     
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