Salary schedule gap

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  1. bandnerdtx

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    I was looking over the salary schedule for my district, and as usual, was disappointed.

    A starting teacher for our district makes only $10,000 a year less than a teacher with 20 years experience. I can't believe that our experience only counts for $500 a year. :( One teacher in my district (a former student), has 12 years less experience than me, but he coaches freshman football and soccer and teaches special education. He has made more than me since his third year teaching.

    Is the gap between newbies and veterans that small in other districts?

    What's it like in other professions for those of you who worked in the "real world" or have significant others who do?
     
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  3. mollydoll

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    Wow. That sounds miserable. My district has a spread of more than double starting pay, not including supplements.
     
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    Our district's starting salary is really competitive compared to some and on top of that like you said special ed and here, biligual can make up to $5,000 more a year in signing bonus. I agree that experience should be rewarded monetarily much more than that!

    We have only about $1,000 difference for a Master's degree-which I think is wrong too. You pay what, at least 3 or 4 times that to get one and it's supposed to mean you are better qualified.

    When I worked in the real world, my salary was hourly and made small jumps each year based on results more than experience, the ones who brought in the most money got paid more for it. I thought it was so funny, when I got my 1st teaching job my dad was calling to make sure I negotiated the salary - had to explain how the school world is not like the business world-set salary schedule.
     
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    You have to consider the cost of living increase over the last 20 years also. The teachers who are 20 year teachers this year have likely seen significantly more than a $10,000 increase over the past 20 years, as will you.

    Additionally, in the business world (like in teaching) greater pay increases are offered as incentives to people who take on more responsibility. As a classroom teacher, you are essentially staying in the same position for your whole career (unlikely in any non-unionized business). To make more money, you can become some kind of specialist, work for the district in some way, become and administrator, etc.

    So, I believe, the scale is comparable to other professions, i.e. if you were a bank teller for 20 years, you would likely experience a similar increase in salary. But, beginning as a bank teller, one may become head teller, bank manager, regional manager, etc.
     
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    I'm disappointed by ours for the exact opposite reason. We have serious trouble attracting new teachers. Once people start to hit the top levels of our scale, the salary is close to $40,000 a year more than the starting salary, or higher. And for reference, our 1st year salary is around 29,000.

    I realize that the veteran teachers deserve to earn more, but at the same time, you can't completely screw over new teachers. School has already started and we still have several openings... and we're not in some terrifying community or an inner-city, or anything like that....
     
  7. FarFromHome

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    For a first year teacher, someone with a Master's degree only makes about $250 more than a teacher with just an Undergraduate degree. I don't think that's fair!
     
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    That is definitely not fair!
     
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    Yeah, my bigger issue with our salary scale is the pennies they give you for earning your masters. I just finished my degree this summer (after working through an online program and teaching simultaneously.) It was expensive and will take me 15-20 years to earn back the money through my salary. In any other career, that would certainly not be the case. Frustrating!
     
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    Our gap is HUGE! First year teachers with a BA make about 45,000 and our max is about 100,000.
     
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    The small increase in pay after getting your masters is why I decided not to go for it. I have done all of my schooling while my children were small and I can't do that to them again with such a small increase.
     
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    We are required to get our masters degree in CT. There is a large increase when you get it!
     
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    First year teachers in my district start out at about $41,000. A teacher with 20 years experience makes close to $55,000 if not more. The district pays $3,000 more for masters degrees. And coaches and dept heads get additional money, but not above $500. Math/science/sped teachers get a signing bonus of between $2,000-5,000.
     
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    our district in Georgia

    first year bachelor's degree $37,075
    21+ year's bachelor's degree $59,017
     
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    In the SD I attended for K-12, HS teachers starting out would get ~42k and have ~85k after 30 years or so
     

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