Texas teachers are paid according to a salary schedule that must pay teachers a minimum salary commensurate with their years of teaching experience. The Texas Education Agency provides a minimum salary schedule each year to all school districts, but districts may pay teachers more than the minimum. The Texas Education Agency and the individual school districts in Texas update their teacher salary schedules each year. To determine the exact salary paid by a specific school district, visit the districts website or call the school districts main office for more information.
Minimum State Salary
The Texas Education Agency mandates that all schools in Texas pay their teachers at least the minimum salary described in the Texas Education Code. The first step on the salary schedule applies to beginning teachers with no prior teaching experience. As of 2011, a beginning teacher must be paid at least $27,320 per year. Each year thereafter, pay increases a few hundred dollars as teachers gain more experience. After a teacher has been working for five years, he will earn $31,560 annually. After 10 years, a teacher will earn $37,040. Those with 15 years experience will earn $41,160, and those with 20 or more years of teaching experience will earn an annual salary of $44,270.
While Texas school districts must pay teachers at least the minimum Texas teacher salary, many schools elect to pay their teachers higher salaries. Those schools that pay higher salaries begin their salary steps with a higher amount for beginning teachers, and then increase pay with each year of teaching experience.
Typically, school districts in larger, urban areas are able to pay their teachers a higher salary than rural school districts. Teacher Portal reports that teachers in Austin area earn an average annual salary of $50,760, whereas teachers in the Dallas area earn an average salary of $56,160 as of 2009. As of 2010, Texas' 333,007 teachers earned an average salary of $48,263, according to the Texas Education Agency's Snapshot Summary Tables.
Most school districts pay salary bonuses to teachers who complete education beyond a bachelor's degree. Higher degrees include a master's degree, specialist degree and doctoral degree. Those with higher degrees typically move to a higher salary pay scale than those with just a bachelor's degree. Bonuses vary widely by school district.