Dear NC Lawmaker, Explain How This Salary Schedule Creates This All-Time High Average Teacher Salary

This is the salary schedule that was in effect for teachers this past school year (2019-2020).


Remember that teachers who entered the profession after 2014 no longer receive graduate degree pay increases (unless they were grandfathered in by actually being in a graduate program in 2014). Those same newer teachers will not get due-process rights either.

Remember that teachers no longer receive longevity pay and that getting NBPTS certification has to be funded by the teacher; the state used to fund the process., but no longer.

Just last month lawmakers were bragging about teacher pay during the pandemic that still ravages this country and especially this state with its rising number of infections.


$54,682 is the average teacher pay in NC according to Rep. Tim Moore.

Here’s the proposed teacher salary schedule for 2020-2021:


It would be nice if Rep. Tim Moore could explain how this salary schedule (which is the same as last year’s) can sustain an average NC teacher salary of $54,682.

One thought on “Dear NC Lawmaker, Explain How This Salary Schedule Creates This All-Time High Average Teacher Salary

  1. There is another unpleasant truth to be apprehended in your remarks. The NCGA leadership for the past fifteen years has been handing out tax cuts premised the ability to cut as much of the tax dollars from public education, “defunding” if you will. The genius behind the salary schedule posted above is that the leadership is secure in the knowledge that still more tax cuts will be enabled as the older teachers at the top of the scale retire or otherwise depart. With the pay scale with a firm ceiling attached means that inevitably the payroll average will drop every year for years to come until an equilibrium will finally be achieved.

    By that time the school districts across the state will have put computers in the hands of every North Carolina student. Education can go online 100% and Jeb Bush will sell packaged apps. Voila! No teachers necessary. The salary scale drops to zero.


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