Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Teacher Salary Schedules Show Decreasing Opportunity for Higher Pay Based on Experience

KASB annually gathers the teacher salary schedules posted to school districts’ websites and tracks key values from these schedules.  The salary schedules are used by districts to determine teacher salaries based both on their education level and on their years of teaching experience.  The data collected by KASB is used by school districts to ensure their teacher salary schedules are consistent with similar districts in Kansas.  


Analysis of the statewide averages on these schedules shows that the opportunity to increase salaries based on years of experience has been decreasing, while the opportunity to increase salary based on level of education has remained fairly constant since 1996, as shown in the following table and Graphs.



1996
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
Amounts
Bachelor's Step 1
  23,403
  25,071
  27,032
  31,128
  32,709
34,796
Bachelor's Last Step
  27,354
  29,135
  31,189
  35,777
  37,296
39,979
Bachelor's 2 Step 1
  23,898
  25,608
  27,565
  31,767
  33,356
35,470
Bachelor's 2 Last Step
  29,208
  31,129
  33,375
  38,098
  39,668
42,438
Master's Step 1
  25,355
  27,234
  29,349
  33,794
  35,501
37,579
Master's Last Step
  34,000
  36,428
  39,206
  44,666
  46,607
49,402
Master's 2 Step 1
  25,947
  27,840
  29,930
  34,508
  36,270
38,328
Master's 2 Last Step
  35,237
  37,811
  40,612
  46,198
  48,187
51,155
Last Column Step 1
  27,317
  29,229
  31,416
  36,278
  38,213
40,222
Last Column Last Step
  38,215
  40,918
  44,008
  50,149
  52,481
55,596
Experience
Bachelor's - Step 1 to Last
16.9%
16.2%
15.4%
14.9%
14.0%
14.9%
Bachelor's 2 - Step 1 to Last
22.2%
21.6%
21.1%
19.9%
18.9%
19.6%
Bachelor's Step 1 to Bachelor's 2 Last
24.8%
24.2%
23.5%
22.4%
21.3%
22.0%
Master's - Step 1 to Last
34.1%
33.8%
33.6%
32.2%
31.3%
31.5%
Master's 2 - Step 1 to Last
35.8%
35.8%
35.7%
33.9%
32.9%
33.5%
Master's Step 1 to Master's 2 Last
39.0%
38.8%
38.4%
36.7%
35.7%
36.1%
Last Column - Step 1 to Last
39.9%
40.0%
40.1%
38.2%
37.3%
38.2%
Education
Bachelor's Step 1 to Master's Step 1
8.3%
8.6%
8.6%
8.6%
8.5%
8.0%
Bachelor's Last to Master's Last
24.3%
25.0%
25.7%
24.8%
25.0%
23.6%
Bachelor's 2 Step 1 to Master's 2 Step 1
8.6%
8.7%
8.6%
8.6%
8.7%
8.1%
Bachelor's 2 Last to Master's 2 Last
20.6%
21.5%
21.7%
21.3%
21.5%
20.5%
Bachelor's Step 1 to Last Column Step 1
16.7%
16.6%
16.2%
16.5%
16.8%
15.6%
Bachelor's Last to Last Column Last
39.7%
40.4%
41.1%
40.2%
40.7%
39.1%
Master's Step 1 to Last Column Step 1
7.7%
7.3%
7.0%
7.4%
7.6%
7.0%
Master's Last to Last Column Last
12.4%
12.3%
12.2%
12.3%
12.6%
12.5%

Notes on the Table:
  • “Amounts” indicate the amount shown on the salary schedule itself.  
  • “Experience” shows the percent difference from one value to another based on years experience.  
  • “Education” shows the percent difference from one value to another based on level of education.
  • “Bachelor's Step 1” refers to the dollar amount on the schedule for someone with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience.  
  • “Bachelor's Last Step” refers to the dollar amount on the schedule for someone with a Bachelor’s degree and the most experience for that column on the schedule.  
  • “Bachelor’s 2 Step 1” refers to the dollar amount on the schedule for someone with a Bachelor’s degree and the years experience indicated in the lowest row of the second Bachelor’s degree column on the salary schedule.  
  • “Last Column” refers to the column on the salary schedule representing the highest level of education included on the schedule.  


To see the full table, click here.

Differences by Experience

Differences by Education

This data shows that since 1996, the difference between salary schedule dollar amounts based on years experience has been decreasing; meaning teachers are being rewarded for longevity to a lesser degree than they used to. For example, the difference between the salary for someone with a Bachelor’s degree with 0 years experience and someone at the highest step on that same column of the schedule was 16.9% in 1996, but only 14.9% in 2016.  

This data also shows that the difference between salary schedule dollar amounts based on level of education has fluctuated over the years, but as of 2016 is showing slightly lower percentages than in 1996.  For example, the difference between the salary for someone with a Master’s degree and no experience and someone with the highest degree and no experience was 7.7% in 1996 and 7.0% in 2016.  

Note that this data represents approximately 100% of districts through 2014, then 60% in 2015 and 40% in 2016, which explains why there is a noticeable jump in the trends on both graphs between 2014 and 2015, then again between 2015 and 2016.

To view an interactive online summary of this information, click here.