Teachers starting their eleventh year in North Carolina public schools received a $10,380 pay raise since 2014, a 32% increase provided by the Republican-led General Assembly.
The nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division at the North Carolina General Assembly provided data comparing teacher pay today to the 2013-2014 school year, prior to four consecutive salary increases by the state legislature.
As of March 2017, North Carolina had the fastest rising teacher pay in the nation since 2014.
The rapid gains in educator pay fulfill House Speaker Tim Moore’s (R-Cleveland) promise of a teacher appreciation agenda for North Carolina.
“Once you peel back the political rhetoric on teacher pay, you realize North Carolina educators received enormous gains in compensation for the incredible work they do in our schools,” Moore said.
“Our priority is every child’s education and our goal is results – by paying teachers more, families can expect a better education from North Carolina schools.”
Starting teacher pay in North Carolina is now $35,000.
Teachers in their 25th year received a $8,480 pay increase since 2014. Teachers in their 30th year received a $5,530 raise over the same period.
A fourth-year educator, who began teaching when Republicans started their four-year streak of salary increases in 2014, makes $6,500 more than in 2013.
The estimated average teacher salary in North Carolina is $50,906 in 2017-18 and will rise to $53,394 in 2018-19.