Masters-Plus Pay

Discussion in 'General Education' started by otterpop, Jul 6, 2019.

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Does your pay scale include a pay increase for a Masters-Plus extra credits?

  1. Yes, there is a Masters-plus column

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  2. No

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  3. My school doesn't have a published pay scale (charter, private, other)

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  4. My school's pay scale doesn't include pay increases aligned with degrees

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  1. otterpop

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  3. miss-m

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    Yes, my district does this. There's MA +15, 30, and maybe like 35 or something?
     
  4. mathteachertobe

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    Our pay scale has three levels based on Post-Baccalaureate credits completed. The levels are Bachelors, Bachelors Plus 30, and Bachelors Plus 60. In California, credential programs are generally done post-Bacc, so most people start at or very close to the Plus 30 mark. Having advanced degrees isn't a factor in our pay scale.
     
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    You have to have at least a full degree past a master's (Specialist or Doctorate) to get a pay bump. Bachelor's, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate are all my district/state recognize.
     
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    We have bachelor's, master's, master's plus 30, and doctorate/NBCT lanes.
     
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    Yes we have a Masters, Masters +15, and Masters +30.
     
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    I work at a private school, but we have a teacher salary schedule in order to stay competitive with nearby public schools. My school does recognize higher degrees toward the teacher salary schedule and pays its employees a salary that is commensurate with the educational level (Bachelors, Masters, and/or Doctorate), years of experience, and skill set.
     
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    We have columns for MA+20, MA+40, MA+60, and doctorate. One nearby district goes up to +90!
    I had wanted to move up for awhile, but the cost of getting the credits in the first place was prohibitive. With what most colleges charge per credit hour, it would take years and years to even break even with the raise. Last year my teammate discovered Learner's Edge- super cheap and you can choose from various "University partners" to get your transcript from. Luckily we had a local option. I got 21 credits for about $2500 total. I moved up to MA+20 last year and started working on getting to +40 this summer. I'm taking 4 classes for the summer semester and 3 for the fall semester, so I'll be done by December and once I turn in my paperwork I'll start getting that raise right away.
     
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    We have bachelors, masters, doctorate, and uncertified.
     
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    That's interesting - so, in theory, a person with two Masters degrees or post-bac plus Masters and a total of +60 would get the same as someone with a Doctorate?
     
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    How much of a raise?! You can’t leave us hanging like that, lol!
     
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    We go, in increments, up to Master’s plus 72 hours.
     
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    We have BA, BA+15, BA+30, MA, MA+30, and PhD tracks.
     
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    I’m at Masters plus 60.
     
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    Nice! I’m guessing since you teach in New Jersey that you make at least six figures? :D

    I’m jealous, lol!
     
  17. futuremathsprof

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    I’ve never actually seen a teacher salary schedule with its own lane for PhD holders. Interesting!

    Do you have a copy so that I can see?
     
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    Nearly all of the salary schedules around here have a lane for doctoral degrees, but they don’t distinguish between Ph.D. and Ed.D. My district includes anyone who has earned NBCT status in the same lane as these doctoral degrees, regardless of level of education completed.
     
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    I'd rather not say the district I work for, but this is another district in the general vicinity with the same basic salary lanes:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sNU9OT_Xc5pQtZ3I9v2EX05NPTo3FVG5/view
     
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    Love it! That’s awesome for teachers who have NBCT! :)
     
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    Wow, this one is pretty good! Back when I was on the teacher salary schedule at my private school, the max step put one at 100k! This beats my school, though now that I’m on the admin schedule it doesn’t matter, lol!
     
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    Yes. I have a Masters, a science teacher down the hall has a PhD, and another science teacher has neither, but we are all in the highest Plus 60 lane. The district pays a 5000 annual bonus for NBCT, but not a different pay scale. There are some other bonuses available, but none offered for advanced degrees.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    We have BA, MA, MA+15, MA+30, MA+45, and PhD. I'm stuck at MA+45 unless I feel like doing a doctorate.
     
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    Nice! How much do you make? :)
     
  27. FourSquare

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    That's unclear at the moment as we are without a contract. I predict we will get a small raise in the fall after everyone stops arguing. This year it was something like $82K, but that includes a $5K-ish pension pick-up.
     
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    AWESOME! You deserve it and I hope you get even more than that!

    I love it when fellow teachers get the salaries they actually should be getting. :D
     
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    Thanks. I can't complain, though the district is challenging and maybe not worth staying in beyond 20 years. Unlike most districts, your bigger raises are on the front end of your career. One could easily swing 100K at year 20, but after that the money is minimal. (The scale maxes out at 106K in my lane.)
     
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    Hey, 106k is excellent even if your salary will be frozen at that, IMO! And if you invest a decent amount of that every year, then you can easily become a millionaire and then a multimillionaire in short order.

    Go get ‘em! :D
     
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    We have Masters + 15, +30, +45, and +60.

    Right now, I have 9 credits after my masters. My new district offers PD opportunities for free that give you credits that count in district. It is .5 of a credit for each PD (6 hours) and it seems like a great opportunity.
     
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    I remember you saying that you get your summers off even with your position. FMP, I've been thinking. It would be so hard to give up those summers. I think what I would want is a position that gives me a nice pay raise while getting the summers off and not working under principals. That would be perfect.
     
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    Exactly! I now make roughly ~$6100/month after taxes from my admin position and I still get the vast majority of my breaks! I get the best of both worlds.

    And if you throw in my tutoring money and that is more than double that. Cha-Ching! :D
     
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    Yes, ours go to up to MA 60 and / PhD. Did you and your husband both finish classes recently? lol
    If yes, I just congratulated you elsewhere. ;)
     
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    Thank you, but I am not married (as I like being single). The income is entirely all mine. What’s more, I have a very successful private tutoring business that supplements my primary job nicely. Yes, I have to work more outside of school, but making six figures appeals to me greatly, especially as a millennial.

    At the end of last year, I was promoted to an admin position (Dean for Academic Affairs and STEM Director) since I pretty much did both roles already and because I teach most of the advanced math classes at my school (Precalculus, AP Stats, AP Calc AB/BC, and/or Calc 3) and am in charge of our after-school Science Club, our math honor society, and our Robotics Club.

    I beat out the other person who applied and they were *way* less qualified for the position and so I was surprised that that person even considered applying. I will never understand why people apply for jobs that they are under qualified to do, haha!

    Note: The admin schedule is structured differently at my school. I make $85,000 currently and will receive $5,000/year increases up until $120,000.
     
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    I live in a low cost area so I wouldn't need to even make that much though it would be nice. As long as I can make house payments/insurance, pay my bills, and save/invest the other half I feel like I'm winning. But to give those summers up would be excruciating. Intent forms come out in a couple of months so I'll see what I can negotiate.
     
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    The school district I retired from last summer tops out after 30 years and a doctorate at $72,000.
     
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    Future Math, I knew you were a guy. :) So I would not say "your husband. " ;) IDK why...maybe because it was late, I thought I made a connection between 2 different people. You guys made me curious about salary scales. I had not looked for many yrs.
    I realized that I topped out yrs ago unless I got a PhD. When I 1st moved back up here, this state had been number 1 in teacher pay for so many years that I never paid a lot of attention. Then OMGoodness! We have gone down hill majorly. I think they started going downhill the yr I started working...lol How's that for luck? We have bumped down to #7 as a state.
     
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    It does make a huge difference when you live in a low cost area!! I moved here from a super low cost, but decent paying district. My quality of living was much better there. You'd get 2x as much home for half the cost than you get here.
    Also, I could walk out of farmer's markets w/ bags of produce for dirt cheap. Up here, 1 lime costs at least 2 bucks. Plus, almost everything up here costs more than in the lower 48.
    I am up on the scale here enough that I am able to save 1/2 too. That is a good feeling! ( I could save more because my house is paid for, but I pay for things I could do myself if I had more time and anything else that makes my life easier. )
     
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    Well, I'm about to move up on the scale too either here or elsewhere. I don't make nearly what I should for my credentials (three business degrees, specialist in educational leadership, and an administrator license). My salary would be FMPs lunch money. Lmao
     
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    All about convenience. I feel you on that!
     
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