Teacher Pay

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  1. gmer22

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    I am a bit confused on what stipends are. I am going to be working in TX and am not too sure yet on the pay and bonuses since I have not signed a contract yet. I know they will explain then but in case they don't what is it that I am looking at. The school that offered me a job starts off new teachers at $36,500, is that ok? And what are the hours of an elementary school teacher?
     
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    A stipend is money you receive for duties that can include school store, drama club, coaching, school newspaper, etc. It is separate from your regular pay. The stipend I receive for the school store I help run is set by the Board of Education. As fors your starting salary I can't say how it is. The starting salary in my neck of the woods is around $43,000. You have to take into account the cost of living in the area you are working in also whether it is urban, suburban, or rural. There are many factors that go into salaries.
     
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    We get paid about that with our county stipend. Meaning the richer counties teachers make more then the poor counties. Our schools are paid for by property taxes so the places in NC that are poor, they can't afford to pay teachers a high stipend.
     
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    Hours for teachers can vary and are usually set in your contract. In my district, our contracted time is something weird like 7 hours and 11 minutes. Some districts require teachers to take on additional duties before or after school such as hall/bus monitoring. I'd say that if you're in a public school, it's a pretty reasonable guess to expect to work from about 7 AM until about 3 or 4 PM.
     
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    36,500 is a good starting salary for the Valley (texas). It is probably average to high-average. Also, that is probably last year's salary. Districts in the Valley do not update their salary schedules until right before school starts (after teachers go back). Don't count on any positive changes because they may not happen but, if they do, you won't know for another month or so.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I just accumulated so much debt during college years that I am worried I won't make it with teacher salary. But I am thinking with budgeting I will be more than ok.
     
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    Also...if your debt includes student loans, and the school you work in is considered low-income (Title I), I'm pretty sure you can get your student loans forgiven.
     
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    You've got to work 5 consecutive years in an approved title I school to have a ghost of a chance to get it forgiven. Check in to it on the fed site. They list schools that are considered loan forgiveness schools and it also gives you more info on what you have to be teaching to get it forgiven.
     
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    That's wonderful pay. Ours is $30,4600.

    Hours- hmm 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.?:eek:
     
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    I would love even $30,000............
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, Mable. I didn't have any student loans (Thanks, Mom and Dad!), but I had a friend who....you get the picture....
     
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    When I started out, first year pay was $25,550. But it went up last year. Now I'm also in a richer county that can afford to supplement the basic state pay, so I'll be getting about $39,000 this year (3rd year). However, we've been hearing about how the pay is supposed to increase again soon and beginning pay at $36,000, so that would make for a hefty pay raise!
     
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    I heard also that they are trying to get an increase in pay all over the US because educators put so much into their work.
     
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    If you got a job in the Valley, it's actually a pretty low salary, unless you aren't bilingual. Where did you get the job at?
     
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    I teach in a small Christian school, so I doubt my salary will be in the $30,000 range for a long time yet. But I love it. I was making over $30,000 when I left my corporate job last year to return to teaching. Money's tight, but I love the work, so it works out. :) This will be my second year at this school - but third year overall.
     
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    Hmmm well I am bilingual and most of the districts around here are starting in that range the only higher ones are La Joya ISD at 38,5000 I believe and Weslaco ISD at 39,000.
     
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    I thought Sharyland and Mission were a little higher. Most school districts offer a stipend for being bilingual but maybe not down here, because they expect it. Are you going to have to move, because there are programs down here to help you pay for your house? Where are you going to be working?
     
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    Hmmmm as of now it is looking as PSJA. Sharyland and Mission pay 37000 no stipend. I am going to stay at home with my parents for the first year get all my debt out then my fiancee and I get married in may and probably will get an apt. He is going to be a first year teacher also. I had an interview for Valley View today...I really loved their school. I am just going to have to wait and see who calls me first.
     

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