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How a teacher salary schedule works


Salary schedules are charts Lanes
that outline teacher pay based 2001-2002 Green Bay teacher salary schedule
on years of experience and Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Half Master’s Master’s Master’s Master’s
education. Step degree +15 credits master’s degree +15 credits +30 credits +45 credits
Every district has its own 1 27,233 28,050 28,322 29,412 30,229 31,046 31,863
schedule, negotiated with its 2 28,595 29,412 29,820 31,046 31,863 32,680 33,497
teachers union. A schedule
allows teachers to earn raises 3 31,318 32,135 32,816 34,314 35,131 35,948 36,765
three ways. 4 32,680 33,497 34,314 35,948 36,765 37,582 38,399
■ Steps: For each additional 5 34,041
41 34,858
34,8 35,811 37,582 38,399 39,216 40,033
year of work, a teacher moves
down another step on the Teacher A
schedule, to a new pay level. 8% raise
Some districts have a limited
number of steps on their 16 45,098 45,915 47,821 50,544 51,361 52,178 52,995
schedules. Others, such as
Green Bay, have an infinite 17 45,479 46,296 48,202 50,926 51,743 52,560 53,377
number of steps. 18 45,860 46,677 48,584 51,307 52,124 52,941 53,758
■ Lanes: By earning additional 19 46,242 47,059 48,965 51,688
88 52,5
52,505 53,322 54,139
graduate credits or advanced 20 46,623 47,440 49,346 52,069
69 52,8
52,886 53,703 54,520
degrees, teachers can move
into new lanes of the salary
schedule. Different districts Teacher B
offer lane changes for different 4% raise
amounts of education.
■ Base pay: When the base 36 52,723 53,540 55,446 58,170 58,987 59,804 60,621
is increased, that increase is 37 53,104 53,921 55,828 58,551 59,368 60,185 61,002
factored through all the other 38 53,486 54,303 56,209 58,932 59,749 60,566 61,383
steps and lanes in the salary
schedule — every figure on 39 53,867 54,684 56,590 59,313 60,130 60,947 61,764
the schedule is connected 40 54,248 55,065 56,971 59,695 60,512 61,329
329 62,
62,146
through a formula to the base.

How it works Teacher C


2002-2003 Green Bay teacher salary schedule 2% raise
Look at the example of Green
Bay’s salary schedules for Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Half Master’s Master’s Master’s Master’s
2001-02 and 2002-03. (Only a Step degree +15 credits master’s degree +15 credits +30 credits +45 credits
portion of each schedule is
shown.) Three scenarios 1 27,633 28,462 28,738 29,844 30,673 31,502 32,331
demonstrate how teachers 2 29,015 29,844 30,258 31,502 32,331 33,160 33,989
earn raises by moving through 3 31,778 32,607 33,298 34,818 35,647 36,476 37,305
the schedule: 4 33,160 33,989 34,818 36,476 37,305 38,134 38,963
■ Teacher A had a bachelor’s 5 34,541 35,370 36,337 38,134 38,963 39,792 40,621
degree in 2001-02. Before the
next school year, this person
completed 15 graduate credits.
The teacher’s salary goes from
step four in the bachelor’s lane
to step five in the bachelor’s 16 45,760 46,589 48,524 51,287 52,116 52,945 53,774
plus 15 credits lane. 17 46,147 46,976 48,910 51,674 52,503 53,332 54,161
■ Teacher B finished 15 18 46,534 47,363 49,297 52,061 52,890 53,719 54,548
credits beyond a master’s 19 46,921 47,750 49,684 52,447 53,276 54,105 54,934
degree between 2001-02 and
2002-03. That teacher’s salary 20 47,308 48,137 50,071 52,834 53,663 54,492 55,321
would move from the 18th step
in the master’s degree lane to
the 19th step in the master’s
plus 15 credits lane.
■ Teacher C has a master’s 36 53,497 54,326 56,261 59,024 59,853 60,682 61,511
degree plus 45 credits and has 37 53,884 54,713 56,648 59,411 60,240 61,069 61,898
no more lanes to move into.
That teacher’s salary moves 38 54,271 55,100 57,035 59,798 60,627 61,456 62,285
from the 39th step of the last 39 54,658 55,487 57,421 60,185 61,014 61,843 62,672
lane to the 40th step of the last 40 55,045 55,874 57,808 60,572 61,401 62,230 63,059
lane.
Source: Green Bay School District Andrea Ferak/Press-Gazette
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Teacher pay increases


While base pay increases have slowed significantly since the Qualified Economic Offer became law a
decade ago, teachers are still able to earn raises by moving through salary schedules. This chart shows
the percent of pay increases of six Green Bay-area teachers in the last seven years.
Percent of pay increase
Pay in 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 Pay in
Teacher 1995-96 to 96-97 to 97-98 to 98-99 to 99-00 to 00-01 to 01-02 2001-02
A $48,837 4.05% 0.60% 6.79% 0.64% 1.75% 0.68% $56,283
B 44,210 2.05 0.00 9.36 4.12 3.17 0.00 52,994
C 53,083 3.20 0.45 4.43 0.47 4.18 0.74 60,593
D 24,740 8.59 9.53 7.14 9.59 12.68 4.17 40,550
E 22,283 5.23 6.40 6.29 7.59 4.79 5.52 31,550
F 25,335 12.52 6.96 15.48 4.35 8.02 4.28 41,385
Teacher A: 30 years in Green Bay; master’s degree. Teacher D: Seven years in Green Bay; master’s degree
Teacher B: 30 years in Denmark; master’s degree. as of 2001.
Teacher C: 30 years in Ashwaubenon; master’s degree. Teacher E: Seven years in Denmark; bachelor’s degree.
Teacher F: Seven years in Ashwaubenon; master’s degree
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as of 1998.
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Green Bay average pay comparisons


$80,000 In the Occupational Employment Statistics
Survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics annually
reports average wages by occupational group. The
$70,000 following chart shows the bureau’s reports for 2001
on average teacher pay and average pay in several
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hundred fields listed in the reports. All the
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metropolitan area.
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