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How Do Texas Teachers Salaries Stack Up?

A new study looks beyond salary schedules and considers how long it takes a teacher to move up.

Editor’s note: The National Council on Teacher Quality miscalculated how the salaries of Texas teachers compare to those of teachers in other school districts and other states. The chart below now reflects the correct data and rankings. We regret the error.


The best place for Texas teachers to make a living is not in Houston or Dallas. It’s in San Antonio.

That’s according to a new study, called Smart Money, from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Nancy Waymack is the managing director for district policy for the advocacy group, which is based in Washington, D.C.

“When we look at the districts across our sample, it takes 24 years to get to $75,000 dollars,” says Waymack. 

That’s considered the top benchmark salary for a teacher.

In Texas, it took 26 years for a teacher in Northside ISD in San Antonio to reach that, 27 years in Dallas, 30 years in Fort Worth and more than 30 years in other large Texas schools districts.

Those numbers are adjusted for the cost of living.

Waymack says it’s important to look beyond the starting and ending salaries for teachers and also consider how long it takes to move up the salary scale.

She says that time is concerning — especially as teachers face expensive life decisions like buying a house or having a family.

“They may look to either leave the district and move onto a higher paying district or leave teaching altogether.”

Read the full report here.


Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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