Entry Level Salary?

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  1. pwhatley

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    I am curious as to the salaries being offered to new teachers around the country. Here, I have the opportunity to teach in one of two parishes (our version of a county). In one parish, the starting salary is just over 34k per year. In the other, it is just over 36k per year. I've heard that the cost of living here is MUCH lower than other areas of the country, too. I'm not looking to relocate, just to satisfy my curiousity :rolleyes:
     
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    I believe you are right...the cost of living is pretty low in your area. I'm outside of Dallas, Tx and I think it's fairly low here, too, compared to other places. I know we have a higher cost of living than LA, though. We start out around $41,000 in my district, but in others, they start at $35,000 or so. Just depends.
     
  4. DaveF

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    I live in what is probably the cheapest place in California. I start at $42K. That puts me above many districts in my county, but the highest paying district in my county starts their new hires at $51K.
     
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    Dave, what district near you starts at $51k?
     
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    Hey there,

    Out in NJ some districts start out as low as $33,000 and as high as $50,000. The norm is usually is between $39,000 - $41,000.
     
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    The cost of living in my area is pretty high, but the starting salaries range from about $30,000-$38,000.
     
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    Here cost of living is mid-level (think of 250,000 as being the mean house price). Anyway, our starting salaries for teachers range from 26,000/yr to 30,000
     
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    In my county, the starting salaries for first-year teachers range from 33K to 40/41K. Different districts have different caps, though. Some cap at 65K (11+ years w/post-Master's). In my hometown, teachers' pay is capped around 85/90K.
     
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    Thanks for the posts, y'all. The numbers I posted are for completely entry level positions -- teachers with 0 years of experience. For teachers with experience, the salaries logically go up, and are capped somewhere around 70k.
     
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    Central Valley CA

    In Modesto, CA, we start at 46,000-51,000.
     
  12. Teach2Inspire

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    Corona-Norco starting pay is about $51,000
     
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    My state is pretty low compared to the above salaries. Our teachers range from about 25Kish to 32Kish for first year teachers. Our state is in process of raising teacher pay...looks like we need to!
     
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    My home state seems sadly low compared to some of these! The cost of living in Maine is not low, either. I think the salary for starting teachers now is between $29-$31K. I won't be back there until a year after I graduate, so I will hopefully work in a DoDEA school first. Their starting salary is between $36 & $58K. I know that's a huge difference, but it depends what step you are entered in as.
     
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    Like in any job, starting pay will be low. See what it is in a few years to get an idea of what your future will look like. Dont forget to include extra duty and leadership opportunities. A good % of your salary could be from extras when you have some experience.

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    I recently got hired in a local school district(I'm in central PA) It is a pretty decent district and is ranked in the top 5th of the close to 500 districts in PA. I'm starting around 36k. The neighboring district and well known district in the state(which recently was listed in the top 30 in the state) starts around 36,500. It really depends. I could go to VA/MD and make a few thousand more but the costs of living and money you put out is different.
     
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    My district starts out at $41,000, but I haven't seen anything in my area less than $39,000 to start
     
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    This was an interesting topic to read-- I'm in the Twin Cities at a private school and I started at 22K last year! It's enought to survive, though :).
     
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    I made roughly $13,000 at a private school this year. Not quite enough to survive. :rolleyes:
     
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    I am teaching in a suburb of KC and our starting salary is currently 32,000 for teachers with 0 years of experience. We are looking at raising this next fall to 34,000.
     
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    Fremont Starts around 53K, but that includes benefits. (their unions voted a few years ago on not providing benefits, but putting that into their salary)

    My distict varies. 41-45K (depends on how many credits you have past your BA and if you have an MA) I also live in one of the most expensive parts of CA.
     
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    Go here to look up teacher salaries in any district in California.
     
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    I don't know what it is near me.

    But I started in 1980 earning $9,600 per year.

    That's in Nassau County NY, with one of the award winning high costs of living.

    It's a good thing I lived at home in those days!!
     
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    In & around D.C. most everything is $38,000 - $45,000 to start, depending on your degree. There are counties in VA within an hour of here, though, that are starting as low as $31,000. Of course those places are cheaper to live, too.
     
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    And my first year of teaching I made $11,000.
     
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    My first year I made $16K
     
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    Here, the median home value is nearly $400,000. Teachers start anywhere from $32,000-$39,000 plus benefits with a bachelors and no experience. Not exactly enough to afford to live where you teach if you're the only one with an income in your family!
     
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    That sounds just about identical to my area!
     
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    I hear ya! I rent in the area, but that's about all I can afford. My school is in a neighborhood where the median home value is probably closer to $750,000, and the kids wonder why I don't have a cleaning lady!! :eek: :)
     
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    Holy cow! What part of Illinois do you live in? Is it close to Chicago?
     
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    Yep... metro Chicago.

    The funny thing is, all the big houses are on one side of town, the smaller homes and apartments are on the other side.
     
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    Wow! I'm finding this extremely interesting reading. Thanks for all of your replies.
     
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    As a first year teacher, with a Bachelor's and no additional credits, I will make $31,149 (as of right now). Each year there is a 3% increase, and the state just passed the new budget and teacher's will be getting a raise. That is also the amount taken home each year: the district pays all retirement contributions and benefits.
     
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    I just got hired at a private school for $15K, it will pay for my two children to go there and my transportation, that's about all.

    Oklahoma pays from $29-$32K starting out. They just raised the pay.
     
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    Hello,

    Birdville ISD near Fort Worth, TX just released their new salary schedule for 2007/2008. For a Bachelor's degree with 0 years of experience, you will start out at over $46,000. It's supposed to be the highest in the Fort Worth area. The cost of living is definitely way less than Modesto, CA for about the same rate of pay. But, I lived in California for many years and miss it! We just didn't have $800,000 or more in our house buying budget! Take care, Sheri
     
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    I know you've read the stuff from California, but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. I'm in the So Cal region and though you'll see our state has one of the higher starting salaries keep in mind the average house price in our county (San Diego) is over $500,000. Can you imagine the mansion I could buy if I were still in Jacksonville, FL?

    But as a new teacher I can tell you we start in the high 30s, but it's more common to see districts higher at the low $40k. Like others have mentioned, there are place in Cali that start teachers with no experience at $50k.
     
  38. usfmeghi

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    I know Cupertino starts aropund 53K

    However, Cupertino is also one of the most expensive cities in CA (Thanks to Silicon Valley)

    so yes, while places start less outside of CA, in many ways I think it come out the same when you take in COL.

    If i was in oregon, we start out around 34 K or so...but I could be renting a 2 or 3 BR apt for less than half for what I am paying for my 1BR
     
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    Hello,
    I know San Diego is expensive to live. We lived there for about 10 years. (Scripps Ranch and Poway) We moved away 2 years ago. (Forced by the Navy!) My kids went to Dingeman Elementary. Great school! We also lived in Ventura. We loved it there,too. I also grew up in Oregon and spent the summers in San Rafael, CA (even more expensive) with my aunt. The town that I grew up in, Ashland, you can't touch a decent home for less than 1 million. And they go up in price from there. Just like areas of California and many places around the country. I think that it's ironic that the cost of living here is lower, but the pay is higher. But, we do have high property tax and a lot of that is going to the schools. My home is worth about $200,000 less than my parents, but I pay triple the property tax they do. But, we don't have income tax, so it evens out. Anyhow, have a great day! Sheri
     
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    East Texas....

    Tyler, which is between Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA starts at 37K. I work 30 mins south of Tyler, and started at 30K. Dallas area schools start much higher...41K-44K, but I don't have a way or desire to move. My family is here.
     
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    I'm a first year teacher and my district starting is $42k ... but I have a $400k 2 bed-2 bath condo (I'm in SoCal) ... so in comparison it's not a lot
     

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