Teacher pay and benefits has biggest increase since 2008-09

Boosted by the largest increase in school district operating budgets since 2008-09, Kansas teachers received the largest average pay and benefits increase since 2008-09, according to a new KASB survey. 

The average per district increase in the total package of salary and benefits in 2017-18 was 3.5 percent. The last year average compensation increase topped three percent was 2008-09, the last of four years of increased funding the Kansas Legislature approved after the Montoy school finance decision. 

The average base salary for Kansas teacher this year is $35,555, up from $34,800 last year. Average fringe benefits paid by the district is $6,508 this year, up from $6,183. This is base or minimum salary for teachers. Preliminary data from the Kansas State Department of Education indicates the average teacher salary this year, including fringe benefits, bonuses and “supplemental pay” for extra duties like coaching, will be more than $54,000. 

Nearly 14 percent of districts this year reported paying incentive or retention bonuses, which ranged from $839 to $1,686. This is the highest percentage of districts reporting bonuses since payments began to be reported in 2010-11. 

Other highlights of the report include: 

  • Districts reported the fewest number of negotiating sessions between boards and teacher (3.2), which has been steadily decreasing sine 1995-96. The percent of districts declaring impasse because the school board and teacher association cannot reach agreement was 1.6 percent, also the lowest since 1995-96. (If impasse is declared, outside assistance to reach agreements may be employed.) 
  • The percentage of districts reporting they include some type of due process procedures in the teacher contract has increased to nearly 38 percent, up from 31 percent when the state due process or “tenure” law was repealed in 2014. 
  • Average daily pay for substitute teachers reached a high of $94.39 this year, up from $92.10 last year. 
  • Nearly two-thirds of districts offer medical leave and personal leave, but these percentages have been declining with more districts now offering “all purpose” leave (35.9 percent). 
  • The average number of leave days provided per year has been generally stable in recent years. 
  • The average number of leave days used by teachers has remained stable at around seven days. 
  • Just over 90 percent of districts have a “paid leave bank,” in which teachers can share paid leave days. 

For more information, contact Mark Tallman, Associate Executive Director, or Ted Carter Research Specialist. 

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