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DPI publishes 2014 teacher salary schedule; confusion over longevity pay lingers

Now that Gov. McCrory has signed the 2014 state budget into law, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the 2014 Public Schools Salary Schedule this evening, which includes teachers’ salaries as well as salaries for instructional support staff, principals, and other administrators and other public school personnel.

Click here to see the salary schedule –> Fiscal Year 2014-2015 N.C. Public School Salary Schedules

There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding how much teachers and other educators should expect to earn next year, and whether or not longevity pay is something that everyone will continue to see in their paychecks –just lumped together with their regular salary — as lawmakers promised.

In 2014, teachers should see their first substantial pay raises in six years — an average 7 percent raise, according to GOP lawmakers who crafted the budget deal approved last week.

But it’s not a 7 percent pay raise across the board — early career teachers, those in their first ten years on the job, will see the largest pay raises, ranging from 7 percent to as high as 19 percent.

Veteran teachers should expect to see much smaller pay raises, with those in their 30th year of teaching seeing the smallest– 0.3 percent.

Still lingering is the question of whether or not veteran National Board certified teachers who also have advanced degrees will actually see a pay decrease thanks to the math on all of this — some say by their calculations, they won’t get a longevity pay bump next year, so their expected wages will actually go down in 2014.

But there’s a hold harmless clause in the state budget that prevents any teacher from seeing a decrease in pay. Whether or not that’s properly reflected in the published salary schedule remains unclear, and officials at the Department of Public Instruction could not be reached for comment.

Are you a teacher? Does the math in the published teacher salary schedule add up to what lawmakers promised here? Let me know at lindsay@ncpolicywatch.com

4 Comments

  1. Megan

    August 8, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I am a Master’s Level NBPTS certified teacher with 18 years, 1 month experience. I will make $297 more pretax FOR THE YEAR under this plan. Hardly seems worth it.

  2. Susan

    August 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I am at the Master’s level on year 35. According to the DPI scale I am making 1280 LESS than last year. It also shows I’m making the same as a teacher with 25 years, 10 less than me. There definitely is some explaining to do.

  3. Jeffrey Wnek

    August 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Susan, the “hold harmless” clause states that you will get the greater of last year’s salary (plus 1000 bonus) or your salary per the new scale. If you’re on 35, then you’ll probably get last years salary plus 1000 bonus.

  4. Pertains!

    August 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    That is still only a one time $1000 bonus which means next year her salary will be $1280 less.
    When you multiply the next 4 years on the new frozen pay scale that equals $5120. This is especially damaging the last few years prior to retirement and impacts all retirement plans.