Sunday, May 6, 2012

Update: How do Nashville teacher's salaries really compare?

If you repeat a falsehood often enough people will accept it as the truth. The Tennessean in its editorial today in support of Karl Dean's proposed tax hike said, "Without a new starting salary of $40,000 for teachers, Nashville will continue to lose talented educators to districts (including 29 districts within Tennessee) that already pay more — at a time when Metro’s 80,000 students are just beginning to raise their level of educational achievement."

Yes, 29 districts do pay more. Twenty-nine of 133 districts pay more. That is 21% pay more. Nashville teacher starting salary is in the top 22% of all school districts. That is not that bad.

How much more do they pay? The one immediately above Davidson County in the ranking pays $119 more in starting salary. The next seven who pay more, pay less than $500 a year more. Not much difference.

Where are these better paying districts? Only one, Murfressboro City is this vicinity.  Others are Memphis which and Sevierville and Maryville and districts over 200 miles away. Several including Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport are more than 300 miles away.

Nashville starting teacher salaries are competitive with starting salaries of middle Tennessee school districts. There are a lot of reasons people choose to live and work where they do. I do not believe we are losing talented educators to other districts, If we are, it is not due to starting salaries.

Please look at the chart below for a actual comparison of starting salaries. This information is available to the Mayor, the Director of Schools and the Tennessean. Why will they not tell the truth.

How do Nashville teacher's salaries compare?

 posted 04-14-2012

The Director of Schools is proposing that Nashville's starting teacher salary be raised to $40,000. That is going to be the one thing that will push a tax increase. Police and Fire and a few other departments want more funding also, but the biggest thing pushing a tax increase will be an increase for education. It will be "for the kids." 

Everyone would like more money but Nashville's starting salary for teachers is not out of line. If you look at the chart below, of Tennessee's 133 school districts there are 29 that pay more and 102 that pay less. I do not thing being in the top 30 of 133 is a bad place to be. 
The argument for raising starting salary is that we need to pay more to attract the good teachers. I really doubt that that many teachers would choose to teach in Memphis over Nashville just for the salary difference. There are other reasons people live and work where they choose to live and work. 
Also worth noting is that the salary difference between districts in many cases is very small.
I have highlighted in yellow the school districts surrounding Davidson County. Except for Murfressboro City Schools, we pay the highest.







Tennessee Education Association
Tennessee School Systems Profile Rankings



Ranking of Scheduled Salaries, Bachelor's Degree Minimum 2011-2012
Rank System


Salary

Rank System


Salary

Rank System


Salary
1 Memphis City

$ 41,310
47 Robertson County

$ 33,576
92 Maury County

$ 32,459
2 Shelby County

41,062
48 Sumner County

33,550
93 Greene County

32,441
3 Bristol City

37,870
49 Haywood County

33,537
94 Macon County

32,397
4 Johnson City

37,240
50 Houston County

33,525
95 Elizabethton City

32,374
5 Lebanon SSD

36,836
51 Stewart County

33,513
96 Alamo City

32,365
6 Tipton County

36,710
52 Tullahoma City

33,440
97 Overton County

32,324
7 Paris SSD

36,645
53 Warren County

33,437
98 Trenton SSD

32,253
8 Kingsport City

36,533
54 McKenzie SSD

33,385
99 Carter County

32,242
9 Manchester City

35,997
55 DeKalb County

33,376
100 Smith County

32,238
10 Bradley County

35,805
56 Huntingdon SSD

33,352
101 Jefferson County

32,051
11 Franklin SSD

35,571
57 Loudon County

33,344
102 Union County

32,044
12 Dayton City

35,525
58 Rhea County

33,312
103 Morgan County

31,974
13 Lenoir City

35,524
59 Decatur County

33,303
104 Lawrence County

31,940
14 Oak Ridge City

35,519
60 Washington County

33,285
105 Lewis County

31,862
15 Maryville City

35,306
61 Crockett County

33,265
106 Jackson County

31,845
16 Cleveland City

35,272
62 Dickson County

33,261
107 Grundy County

31,802
17 Meigs County

35,140
63 Coffee County

33,220
108 Humphreys County

31,758
18 Montgomery County

35,118
64 Lincoln County

33,171
109 West Carroll SSD

31,723
19 Roane County

35,085
65 Henderson County

33,166
110 Humboldt City

31,706
20 Athens City

34,981
66 Benton County

33,153
111 Campbell County

31,685
21 Murfreesboro City

34,968
67 Grainger County

33,148
112 McNairy County

31,664
22 Clinton City

34,916
68 Hamblen County

33,136
113 Giles County

31,641
23 Alcoa City

34,913
69 Lake County

33,041
114 Bledsoe County

31,586
24 Fayetteville City

34,900
70 Madison County

33,040
115 Union City

31,550
25 Rogersville City

34,823
71 Moore County

33,013
116 Hawkins County

31,510
26 McMinn County

34,810
72 Carroll County

33,006
117 Chester County

31,476
27 Sweetwater City

34,652
73 Weakley County

32,950
118 Scott County

31,450
28 Sevier County

34,600
74 Newport City

32,945
119 H-Rock-Bruceton SSD

31,448
29 Etowah City

34,593
75 Richard City SSD

32,885
120 Perry County

31,443
30 Davidson County

34,474
76 Lexington City

32,871
121 Marion County

31,390
31 Rutherford County

34,456
77 Bedford County

32,855
122 Trousdale County

31,257
32 Marshall County

34,413
78 Johnson County

32,814
123 Cocke County

31,230
33 Polk County

34,203
79 Cheatham County

32,770
124 Cumberland County

31,107
34 Hamilton County

34,198
80 Hardeman County

32,756
125 Bradford SSD

31,089
35 Sequatchie County

34,160
81 Milan SSD

32,752
126 Fentress County

31,076
36 Anderson County

34,155
82 Bells City

32,714
127 Claiborne County

30,970
37 Fayette County

34,128
83 Obion County

32,695
128 Oneida SSD

30,795
38 Greeneville City

34,097

Wilson County

32,695
129 Cannon County

30,688
39 Putnam County

34,092
84 Gibson County SSD

32,686
130 Van Buren County

30,680
40 Hickman County

34,065
85 White County

32,680
131 Hardin County

30,536
41 Williamson County

33,950
86 Unicoi County

32,677
132 Wayne County

30,282
42 Henry County

33,854
87 South Carroll SSD

32,661
133 Clay County

29,680
43 Dyersburg City

33,800
88 Blount County

32,582

Hancock County

29,680
44 Franklin County

33,790
89 Dyer County

32,566

Pickett County

29,680
45 Knox County

33,770
90 Sullivan County

32,561







46 Lauderdale County

33,617
91 Monroe County

32,558
























Average


$33,287

Source: Tennessee Education Association, Survey of Local Annual Salaries for Classroom Teachers, 2011-2012


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information. I will pass it on and encourage others to do so. We do not need a property tax hike based on teachers salaries.

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  2. The Tennessean does not have reporters anymore since they lost competition. The reporters are the ones feeding the misinformation and garbage they think we should buy.

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