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Teacher Salary Trends

Magazine article Techniques

Teacher Salary Trends

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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has released its annual report on teacher salary trends, which shows that beginning teachers' salaries have continued to improve, surpassing the $30,000 mark for the first time in 2001-02. The average pay increase for experienced teachers was only about 2.7 percent over the previous year, as compared to the 3.2 percent increase for new teachers. However, the average teacher salary increase in 2001-02 represented the largest inflation-adjusted salary increase since 1987-88, and average teacher salaries improved faster than inflation for the fourth time in five years.

That was the relatively good news, and now for the not-quite-so-good news. According to the AFT report, "Despite the recent period of catch-up, the pressure to increase teacher salaries is abating." This is due in part to a more balanced supply-and-demand in most subjects--with fewer areas experiencing considerable shortages. Also, the report notes, "The serious financial straits of many states have led to staff reductions in 2002-03 and curtailed salary growth. …

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