OEA Research Teacher Salaries: Longevity Steps
Though the state minimum teachers’ salary schedule contemplates no additional pay increases beyond 11 years, most salary schedules do contain periodic longevity steps. These longevity increases are typically received at several experience points until a maximum rate is achieved.
For example, a salary schedule may contain annual step increases until a teacher has achieved 12 years of experience with additional longevity steps at 15, 18, 23 and 27 years. Among salary schedules that include longevity steps the modal, or most frequent, number of longevity steps is three.
The most commonly recognized maximum experience level is 27 years. A top longevity step of 27 years is found in 27 percent of schedules. In eleven percent of salary schedules the top step is reached in fewer than 20 years. Six percent have a maximum experience level of 30 years or more.
Some salary schedules contain longevity steps that are indexed. Others provide a flat dollar amount at designated service levels.
For the 2007-2008 school year, the highest salary – with longevity steps – in the state that is reflected on a salary schedule is $97,319, only 2.75 percent below the $100,000 mark.