Raleigh, N.C. – Teachers in North Carolina will receive an average $4,412 raise between 2017 and 2019 as the state placed top-2 in the U.S. for fastest rising educator salaries twice over that period, part of a teacher appreciation agenda in the state General Assembly that delivered five consecutive pay raises to educators since 2014.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released key facts demonstrating the state legislature’s commitment to educators on national Teacher Appreciation Day. While salaries have increased as much as 48% for thousands of teachers, a number of new bonus programs are also increasing educator pay in North Carolina.
“When we peel back the political rhetoric on teacher pay, the facts indicate North Carolina educators received considerable gains in compensation for the incredible work they do in our schools,” Moore said.
“In the N.C. House, we prioritize every child’s education with the goal of results that improve student performance. With five consecutive years of higher salaries for teachers, families can expect a better education from North Carolina schools.”
Key facts on teacher pay in North Carolina
- In 2018 a fifth consecutive pay raise will be provided to N.C. teachers.
- The average teacher pay raise from 2017-19 will be $4,412.
- The average teacher pay raise from 2014-2019 will be $8,600.
- North Carolina ranked #1 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2017 according to the National Education Association.
- North Carolina ranked #2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2018 according to the National Education Association.
- A teacher with five years of experience would earn $9,200 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher in 2013-14, from $30,800 to $40,000, a 29.9% increase.
- A teacher with twelve years of experience would earn $15,330 more in 2018-19 than that teacher did in 2013-14, from $31,670 to $47,000, a 48% increase.
- A teacher with sixteen years of experience would earn $11,840 more in 2018-19 than the same teacher did in 2013-14, from $38,160 to $50,000, a 31% increase.
- A teacher with twenty-five years of experience would earn $9,040 more in 2018-19 than they did in 2013-14, from $42,260 to $51,300, a 21.4% increase.
Other bonus programs and compensation incentives for North Carolina teachers:
- Teacher Assistant Tuition Reimbursement
- Initial Teacher Licensing Fee Reimbursement
- Future Teachers of North Carolina
- Supplements for Highly Qualified Graduates
- Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot Program
- New Teacher Support Program
- Highly qualified Teacher Salary Supplements
- 3rd Grade Reading Bonuses
- AP/IB/CTE Bonuses
- 4th-8th Reading/Math Bonuses
- Veteran teacher bonuses
- New Teaching Fellows Program
“North Carolina is implementing meaningful education investments, today, to build a brighter future for our children, tomorrow,” Moore said.