An FYI. North Carolina (which desperately needs teachers in some parts) has proposed a tax hike on cigarettes and alcohol to give teachers a 7% raise. Base pay this year is $29,750 for the state, plus any supplemental income a district pays (mine is average- $2000). A 7% increase would bring the starting salary to $31,832.50 (which I'm sure they'd round to like 31,800 or something). Plus any supplemental income. So, a beginning teacher in my district (which needs teachers, but not really elementary ones) would start at over $34K (we also are getting $500 added to our supplement, taking it to $2500). If you worked in the city (like Charlotte), you'd make more. Their supplement can be up to $5000-6000 depending on the school. So a beginning teacher could make about $37,800 there!! Some people always looked down on teaching in NC because of their pay. However, they have come a LONG way in just a few years. Plus we get bonuses if our school meets our growth goals. For those of you who are reluctant to relocate, it is not that bad. It is much worse antagonizing over the move than the move really is!