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OEA Research Teacher Salaries: Alternative Compensation

While the single salary schedule remains the standard for determining teacher pay, alternative compensation models are gaining some momentum. It is not surprising that high stakes testing and value-added assessment have provided a staging platform for those desirous of tying teacher pay to student academic achievement. Moreover, many have proposed alternative compensation as a math and science teacher recruitment tool and as a means to entice experienced teachers to work in high poverty districts and buildings. Developing and rewarding master teachers and mentors is another alternative compensation initiative that has received some attention

A few Ohio school districts have begun experimenting with alternative compensation based on some or all of the principles stated above. A pilot alternative compensation program, funded through the federal government’s Teacher Incentive Fund, has been established or is being developed in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Other forms of alternative compensation are already well established in Ohio. Thousand of teachers receive additional pay for performing supplemental duties as athletic coaches, band directors, and club advisors.Also, the Ohio Department of Education reports 2,700 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the state. Most NBCTs receive an annual stipend of $2,500. Those certified since January 2005 receive only $1,000. Some local associations and school districts have agreed to amounts beyond the state NBCT stipend.

Alternative compensation models can be implemented without dismantling the single salary schedule. Supplements or stipends that reward advanced contributions to the teaching profession or that recognize highly challenging working conditions could very well serve public education policy goals.

Appendix:

2007-2008 Ohio Teacher Salaries

Bachelors with 0 Years' Experience

Masters with 0 Years' Experience

Masters with 11 Years' Experience

Masters Maximum

Schedule Maximum (with Longevity Steps)

Low

$21,016

$23,464

$35,149

$37,829

$43,608

25th Percentile

$28,917

$32,000

$48,399

$52,200

$58,715

50th Percentile (Median)

$30,678

$33,851

$51,474

$56,426

$64,342

75th Percentile

$32,805

$36,600

$56,412

$62,190

$71,131

High

$41,748

$48,416

$72,626

$83,654

$97,319

Average

$30,962

$34,357

$52,619

$57,932

$65,706

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