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Starting Pay ≤ My Pay < Top Pay

December 4, 2013 pm31 11:18 pm

That little inequality would be true in any district. But what would the numbers be?

I guess you should know that this is my 17th year. I have a Masters. And I’ve collected a bunch of additional credits, but no additional degrees. Probably if we added up the advanced credits, it would be around 30, but I padded that with some credit by examination a few years ago, so in NYC I am closer to 50. Not that those credits matter elsewhere. You should also know that I am on sabbatical this year, so I am not drawing full pay. But for this exercise, let’s pretend I am.

The list includes all the towns and cities in Westchester and Nassau that border NYC, and I’ve thrown in the NYC rates from September 1997, when I started, to boot.

District Starting Teacher jd2718 Top Teacher (deg, years)
NYC 1997 $28,749 $28,749 $60,000 MA+30, 23 yrs
NYC 2013 $45,530 $85,426 $100,049 MA+30, 23 yrs
Yonkers 2010 $57,772 $118,709 $131,016 PhD, 30 yrs
Mt Vernon 2009 $51,540 $109,616 $122,275 PhD, 20 yrs
Pelham 2012 $52,931 $119,308 $137,433 PhD, 25 yrs
New Rochelle 2013 $54,969 $119,593 $131,839 MA+90 or PhD, 20 yrs
Great Neck 2013 $56,829 $119,270 $136,856 PhD, 25 yrs
New Hyde Pk – Garden City 2012 $53,620 $109,140 $119,702 PhD, 26 yrs
Floral Park- Bellerose 2011 $56,088 $105,768 $123,616 PhD, 25 yrs
Elmont 2012 $52,076 $106,275 $119,328 PhD, 22 yrs
Valley Stream 2010 $55,574 $112,362 $123,510 PhD, 26 yrs
Lawrence 2011 $51,432 $113,989 $130,072 MA+90 or PhD, 30 yrs
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  1. December 5, 2013 pm31 12:20 pm 12:20 pm

    The concept of a huge maximum salary needs a closer exam. What are the percentages of teaching staff on the very top rung ( not counting/counting seniority)? I don’t think that a huge number of credits makes any difference in teaching kids, and should not be some stupid carrot or advertising point. A teacher who want to learn more will likely take more from any class than a raise chaser. 60 credits beyond a BA/BS is way more than enough.

    There was a time in Yonkers when only 3% of the workforce was on ‘maximum’. at that time in NYC the number was around 50%.

    The bigger issue is the time it takes to maximum salary. It used to be sixteen years, then cut to eight. Now back up again, and beyond. If schools want to attract and keep staff, they have to compete salary wise. That doesn’t mean dangling a ‘maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not’ pension after years of taking a below market salary. It means a salary payable NOW, so that a home can be secured, and a decent life lived.

    Detroit has taught the entire teaching force a lesson–don’t count on the future.

    • December 6, 2013 am31 3:22 am 3:22 am

      Agreed. I included the top because I knew readers would want it. I care more about year 1, 5, 10, and me.

      I’d like to see the time to max greatly reduced. I thought NYC would be among the worst – ironic – that’s the only place it seems typical.

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