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The Salary Index

OEA Research Teacher Salaries: The Index

The index is used to determine the salary for each training and experience level. This is accomplished by multiplying the salary for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree, which is set at the index base value of 1.0 -- or 100 as seen on the state Minimum Salary Schedule for Teachers, by the index value that is assigned to a particular training and experience point.

Example:         BA-0 years’ salary = $28,000, BA-0 Index = 1.00

MA-11 years’ index = 1.75

MA-11 years’ salary = $28,000 X 1.75 = $49,000

The $49,000 paid to a teacher with a master’s degree and 11 years’ experience is 75 percent greater than the bachelor’s-0 years’ salary of $28,000.

The state minimum salary schedule sets the pay for beginning teachers with a master’s degree at an index value of 1.095, which is 9.5 percent higher than the bachelor’s-zero experience base salary.

Statewide, the average pay for beginning teachers with a master’s degree is 10.9 percent higher than the salary of beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree.

The maximum salary on the state minimum salary schedule is achieved at a master’s and 11 years’ experience. This amount is $32,460 based on a bachelor’s-zero experience salary of $20,000 and a master’s-11 years’ index value of 1.623.

For the 2007-2008 school year, the average salary for a teacher with a master’s degree and 11 years’ experience is $52,619 with an average index value of 1.70.

Universally, school districts recognize training and experience levels beyond the master’s-11 years’ level. Statewide, the average index for the highest academic training and experience level is 2.12. This means, that teachers with the greatest training and experience levels are typically paid more than twice as much as brand new teachers.

As the following table illustrates, index values may be determined by simple addition, by a multiplier, or by a non-uniform methodology.

Sample Index Values

Step

Addition

Multiplier

Non-Uniform

0

1.0000

1.0000

1.0000

1

1.0400

1.0400

1.0400

2

1.0800

1.0816

1.0760

3

1.1200

1.1249

1.1240

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